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Corruption Trial: Ex-Pension boss, Maina collapses in court

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Corruption Trial: Ex-Pension boss, Maina collapses in court

Corruption Trial: Ex-Pension boss, Maina collapses in court

The Ex-Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina on Thursday collapsed during his trial in court.

Maina is being prosecuted by the federal government on a 12-count charge of fraud and money laundering before a Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory.

The former Pension boss was recently extradited from the Niger Republic after he jumped bail and escaped the country

He collapsed when his counsel, Anayo Adibe was addressing the court on his no-case submission before Justice Okon Abang

He collapsed when his counsel, Anayo Adibe was addressing the court on his no-case submission before Justice Okon Abang

 

Before Maina’s collapse, his counsel was praying the court for an adjournment to enable him to get records of court proceedings.

The proceedings would help him prepare for the no-case submission he intends to file on behalf of his client, Adibe said. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 8th DECEMBER, 2020

 

But after his collapse, the court rose abruptly to enable officials of the Correctional Service and relations of the former pension boss to attend to him.

The matter had been adjourned on Wednesday to today for the defendant to argue his no-case submission and for the prosecution to respond to the same orally

Maina’s prolonged trial is majorly due to his ill-health. In November 2019, his trial was stalled after a medical expert testified to his inability to appear before the court due to health reasons

 

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