Maina on wheelchair inside courtroom

The trial of Abdulrasheed Maina on Thursday has been adjourned to November 21 and 22, 2019 in order for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) to ascertain the true state of his health.

The embattled Maina was brought into the courtroom on wheelchair for trial on Thursday, a situation, which made the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja to give the order.

He said the heavy work load on the court has made it impossible to deliver the ruling today, adding that a new date for the ruling will be communicated to all the parties before the close of work on Thursday.

Arguments were later taken from both prosecution and defence counsels whether or not to proceed with the trial considering the ill-health of the defendant.

Following a medical report presented by Maina, the prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to the 21st and 22nd of November to enable the Nigerian Correctional Service ascertain the true state of Mister Maina’s health and his fitness to stand trial.

The prosecutor however says if the court is not prepared to grant the application for adjournment, he is ready to continue with the trial since his first witness is already in court.

Justice Abang therefore adjourned the trial to 21st and 22nd of November.

The former chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N2 billion fraud.

He was on October 25 arraigned alongside a firm, Common Input Property and Investment Limited before Justice Abang.

He is being prosecuted by the Federal Government on 12 counts bordering on alleged N2 billion pension fund fraud, money laundering, and operating fictitious bank accounts among other fraudulent activities.

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