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Maina’s trial on bail application adjourned

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday has adjourned the trial of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, over his bail application.

Okay.ng understands that the judge shifted the trial to November 21 and 22, 2019, to enable the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) to ascertain the true state of Maina.

It can be recalled that Maina was brought to the court in a wheelchair today.

Justice Abang had earlier announced that the reserved ruling on the bail application filed on behalf of Abdulrasheed Maina is not ready.

Abdulrasheed Maina in court on a wheelchair
Abdulrasheed Maina in court on a wheelchair

He said the heavy workload 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 today

Arguments were later taken from both prosecution and defence counsel 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 to 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, then, adjourned the trial to 21st and 22nd of November.

Maina is standing trial on a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.

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