ABUJA, Nigeria – The trial of former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina and his son, charged with 12 counts bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud,” was stalled on Tuesday, due to his ill-health.
A medical letter was brought to the court by an officer of the Nigerian Correctional Services to Justice Okon Abang stating the reason Mr Maina could not appear in court, NAN reports.
DAILY POST recalls that the Federal High Court, Abuja, had last week also overruled Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team, on his application to stop his criminal trial.
Justice Okon Abang, who declined the application of the legal team of Maina, said the defendant cannot frustrate the court’s proceedings.
Justice Abang had fixed Nov. 4, Nov. 5, Nov 6 and Nov. 7 for continuation of trial of Maina, who is being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency on a 12-count charge bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.”
However, at the resumed trial on Tuesday, Justice Abang, who adjourned till Nov. 7 for continuation of trial of Maina, ordered that the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Medical and Welfare of the Nigerian Correctional Services should examine Mr Maina and the medical report made available to the court in the next adjourned date.