11 December 2020 By Victoria Abah.
The Federal High Court in Abuja has deferred further proceedings in the trial of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, till December 21
Maina who is answering a 12-count money laundering charge brought against him and his firm, by the EFCC, collapsed in court shortly after his case was called up, a development that forced trial Judge, Okon Abang to suspend sitting.
When proceedings resumed at about 11:15am, Maina was still not back to the courtroom.
In a bench ruling, Justice Okon Abang refused the application for an adjournment.
Though the court described the adjournment request by Maina’s lawyer as “a deliberate ploy to delay the trial”, it however held that since the Defendant was not back in the courtroom, his right to make a no-case-submission would be preserved till December 21.
Meanwhile, Faisal, son of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was declared wanted by the Federal High Court in Abuja, has been arrested.
The EFCC, confirmed to the court that the 21-year-old Faisal, who jumped bail since June 24, was apprehended by security operatives on Wednesday night.
Faisal is facing a three-count money laundering charge the anti-graft agency preferred against him.