Maina Slumps in Court by Raphael Bichene


In what is becoming a trend, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, currently facing money laundering charges, Thursday, collapsed before trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja

Maina slumped shortly after the court resumed proceedings in the 12-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Limited.

Maina had on Wednesday secured permission of the court to enter a no-case-submission to the charges against him after the EFCC closed its case with nine witnesses,

Maina’s lawyer, Mr. Anayo Adibe however, told the court when the case was called on Thursday,that his client would not be able to proceed with his application.

Abide said he was unable to prepare the no-case-submission owing to the fact that he was not availed with records of proceedings of the court in the matter.

The defence lawyer was about to make further submission when his client, Maina, slumped beside the dock where the court permitted him to sit.

Some lawyers and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service quickly rushed to his aid, a development that forced trial Justice Abang to suspend sitting.


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