A Federal High Court has ordered Senator Ali Ndume to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre in the Federal Capital Territory for failing to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Ndume, who is representing Borno South, stood as surety for Maina who is standing trial on alleged money laundering charges so he could be granted bail. However, Maina has repeatedly failed to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

Justice Okon Abang ordered that Ndume would only be released from prison when he either produces Maina in court or sells off the N500m worth of property located in Asokoro, Abuja, which was used as the guarantee for the bail bond and tenders the evidence of the payment of the proceeds of the sale into the Federation Account.

Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, vowed to appeal the court’s ruling.