By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Most Nigerians would have thought that Senator Ali Ndume, the current guest at Kuje Prison, will have access to special treatment, especially visits from top politicians in the country but this is not to be the case.
In fact, officials of the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, stopped two senators from having access to the remanded Ndume.
The two senators who visited Ndume are Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo and Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.
However, both of them were prevented from seeing Ndume who is in his current predicament after he was unable to produce the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, whom he stood as surety for.
Officials of the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, restricted access to Ndume who was remanded over his inability to produce Maina, whom he stood as surety for.
After Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo left the facility, Senator Na’Allah was allowed to see the officer in charge of the prison, G. U. Ochepa.
Ochepa was reported to have told the lawmaker that there is a temporary suspension of visit to the facility because of COVID-19.
“It is not a punishment to the lawmaker. Only lawyers and his wives are supposed to be allowed to see him.”
Meanwhile, Na’Allah was reported to have expressed shock over Ndume’s remand.
“In all my years of practice, as a lawyer this is the first time I’m seeing this kind of situation. What I know is that if the surety is unable to produce the suspect, the person will forfeit the bail bond.
“The bail bond is a very clear court document and there is nowhere it suggest even by implication that you can substitute a surety for accused person.”