The Abuja Court of Appeal upheld the conviction of Abdulrasheed Maina’s son Faisal for conspiracy and money laundering.

Maina, the former chairman of the defunct pension reform taskforce, is serving eight years in Abuja’s Kuje prison for defrauding pensions of up to N2 billion. His son has been named as an accomplice.

Meanwhile, in its judgment on Thursday, November 24, 2022, the three-member panel of the Court of Appeal reduced his sentence from 14 years to seven years on the grounds that he (Faisal) was a first-time offender.

In Judge Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu’s judgment, the court found that Abuja Federal High Court Judge Okon Abang was correct in convicting Faisal.

“But as a first-time offender, the court of first instance should not give the criminal the maximum sentence prescribed by law,” Ogakwu added.

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