The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Wednesday arrested Maimuna Aliyu, the mother of Maryam Sanda in the premises of the FCT High Court in Maitama.
Operatives of the commission along with armed policemen whisked Maimuna into a white Toyota Hiace just as she was stepping out of court where she had gone for the continuation of a murder trial involving Maryam her daughter, Aliyu Sanda and Maryam’s housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, Daily Trust writes.
She was reportedly arrested for allegedly failing to honour an invitation of the ICPC concerning a charge before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
It is understood that she is still in the custody of the ICPC as she was unable to meet up with some of the conditions in the administrative bail granted her by the commission.
Maimuna was among the 14 persons nominated to the board of ICPC, but her nomination and that of Saadu Alanamu were subsequently stepped down following revelations that both nominees were being investigated for alleged corruption.
A former Director with Aso Savings and Loans, Maimuna was arraigned by the ICPC on a three-counts charge with the first count accusing her of selling off three plots of land in Jahi District, Abuja, on behalf of the bank at the cost of N57 million without remitting same to the bank.
She pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N10million with two sureties until the continuation of trial on November 29.
Meanwhile, the murder trial against Maryam Sanda, her mother and brother before the FCT High Court could not continue yesterday as the police told the court that one of their witnesses who ought to have testified got held up in the Kaduna crisis and could not come to Abuja.
The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu adjourned the case to November 15 for continuation of hearing.