A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial and hearing of bail application of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina until February 19 at the instance of his lawyer, Sani Katu.
Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter on Monday after the defence lawyer told the court that he needed more time to enable him to prepare adequately for Maina’s defence since he was coming into the matter afresh.
The lawyer, who said he was unable to meet his client at the Kuje Correctional Centre for a pre-trial conference, urged the court to adjourn the case in the interest of justice.
Maina had in a motion on notice dated and filed on December 24, 2020, brought by his lawyer, Anayo Adibe, approached the court seeking a fresh bail due to his worsening health condition. The judge had adjourned the hearing of the bail application until February 1 and equally fixed the continuation of trial for the same date. However, at the resumed trial, Katu, who took over Maina’s legal team sought for an adjournment to enable him to prepare for his client’s defence.
EFCC is prosecuting Maina and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd on a 12-count charge of operating fictitious bank accounts, corruption, and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.
Read more about Maina’s Pension Fraud Case here
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