The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina has collapsed in Court.
Mr Maina was recently extradited from the Niger Republic after he jumped bail and escaped the country, but the former pension Boss collapsed on Thursday, December 10, 2020, when his counsel, Mr Anayo Adibe was addressing the Court on his no-case submission before Justice Okon Abang.
Before Mr Maina’s collapse, his counsel was praying the Court for an adjournment to enable him get records of Court proceedings, which would help him prepare for the no-case submission he intends to file on behalf of his client.
After Mr Maina’s collapse, the Court rose abruptly to enable officials of the Correctional Service and relations of the former pension Boss to attend to him.
The matter had been adjourned on Wednesday to today for the defendant to argue his no-case submission and for the prosecution to respond to the same orally.
The case has now been adjourned till December 21 and 22, 2020.
The Federal Government is prosecuting Mr Maina on a 12-count charge of fraud and money laundering before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Channels TV reports that Mr Maina’s ill-health has been a major reason for his prolonged trial. In November 2019, his trial was stalled after a medical expert testified to his inability to appear before the Court due to health reasons.
On another occasion, his lawyer claimed Maina was bleeding during a Court sitting.