Maina Arrives Court For Trial
Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja for the continuation of his trial.
Maina however surprisingly arrived the court premises at about 9:30am on Thursday in a wheelchair, with the correctional officers who wheeled him in also carrying two first aid boxes.
It will be recalled Maina is facing trial over his alleged complicity in a N2billion fraud and money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Okon Abang had on Tuesday, fixed today (Thursday) to deliver ruling on an application by the defendant for bail pending the determination of the 12-count money laundering charge against him by the EFCC.
Maina is facing trial alongside a firm, Common Input Properties & Investment Limited, which the prosecution said was involved in the alleged fraud.
Naija News previously reported the EFCC opposed the bail application by Maina.
The EFCC had described the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team as a fugitive of law. They further claimed Maina is irresponsible and accused him of stealing allegedly about N3billion pensioners’ fund in what it described as an elaborate grand scam.
According to the EFCC, Maina is a citizen of the United States and a naturalised resident of the UAE.
It further stated that Maina has an expired Nigerian passport but has always sneaked into the country (Nigeria) at night through the borders with Niger in Sokoto and Katsina.