The absence of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, again stalled the trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) for alleged N2 billion money laundering trial.
The ongoing trial of Maina was, on Monday, hindered by the absence of the judge and Maina. The court registrar, who announced that the court was indisposed, said the trial would continue the next day, which is Tuesday.
However, at the resumed trial on Tuesday, though counsel to all the parties were in court, including Sen. Ali Ndume, who is standing as surety for Maina, Justice Abang and Maina were absent. The registrar, for the second time, announced that the court would not be sitting because Justice Abang was on official engagement. He said hearing in all the criminal matters, including Maina’s case would be rescheduled for October 7, 2020.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, neither Justice Abang nor Maina was in court, although Ndume was in attendance to sign the court register as part of Maina’s bail conditions. The court registrar later announced that there would be no sitting for the day.
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