Alleged N2bn Pension Fraud: Court postpones Maina’s trial till next week – PensionNigeria

Alleged N2bn Pension Fraud: Court postpones Maina’s trial till next week

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has fixed 19 October 2020 as date for continuation of trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT). The registrar gave the date, following the absence of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, and Maina at the resumed hearing on Monday, 12 October 2020. The registrar disclosed that the postponement was necessary because Justice Abang was attending a seminar.

Justice Okon Abang has not been available for the continuation of trail of Maina for about one week now and Maina has been absent in court since 29 September 2020 when his trial resumed.

The judge had ordered Senator Ndume to produce Maina or he would be forced to grant the EFCC’s prayers to revoke Maina’s bail and issue a warrant of arrest against Maina. The judge also said he could also grant EFCC’s request to make Senator Ndume forfeit the N500 million bail bond to the Federal Government and be remanded in prison.

Maina, speaking from an hospital bed in a video which surfaced on 08 October 2020, had said he was not trying to evade trial, but he can’t appear in Court because of his knee injury and he suffers a constant rise in blood pressure which affects his head and makes him drowsy. Maina said, “What the doctors told me is that I’ll need at least six to seven weeks of recovery because it is a knee cap injury”.

Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) is being prosecuted for money laundering charges involving alleged diversion of pension funds to the tune of N2 billion.

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