Court Adjourns Maina’s Son Case Till Dec. 8 as Counsel Withdraws Services

By Francis Etuko

Abuja (Precise Post) – Justice Okon Abang of the , Abuja, on Friday, December 4, 2020 adjourned the trial of Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina, son of Abdulrashed Maina, former chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) till December 8, 2020 after his counsel, Francis Oransanye, informed the court that he had withdrawn his legal services to the defendant.

Because of the absence of legal representation for the defence, counsel, M. S. Abubakar asked the court to foreclose the right of the defendant for a defence to the testimonies against him.

In granting the prayer, the judge stated that he was foreclosing the defendant’s right in the matter “having been given same opportunity to defend same but failed to take advantage of the said opportunity,” and gave seven days from today to file its written address.

The EFCC disclosed this on Sunday in a statement released via it’s twitter handle @officialEFCC.

It could be recalled that the third in Faisal’s trial, Rouqayya Ibrahim, a Principal Detective Superintendent (PDS) with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had in her testimony on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 revealed that the defendant made under declaration of assets in his form as well as contradictory statements to the EFCC and the court concerning the of the company he allegedly used in siphoning funds to the tune of N58million.

Because Faisal was not in court, and did not send legal representation in the four consecutive adjournments after his release on bail November 26, 2019, Justice Abang on November 18, 2020, revoked his bail, issue a bench warrant against him and ruled that his trial will continue in his absence.

Additionally, the judge ruled that his surety, Hon Sani Umar San Galadima, of the House of , representing Kaura Namoda Federal of should appear in court on November 25, 2020 to show cause why he should not forfeit his N60 million bail bond for his failure to produce the defendant in court.

At today’s sitting, counsel to the surety, M. E. Sheriff, in doing what was stipulated for his client, asked for a short adjournment to study the prosecution’s counter-affidavit and file appropriate response, to which the prosecution made no objection as Abubakar noted that the surety was willing to forfeit his property, contained in the bail bond, but was only suing for time to dispose it.

Faisal is being prosecuted by the EFCC, on a three-count charge of false declaration of assets and money laundering to the tune of N58 million.

Justice Abang adjourned the matter till December 8 and 11, 2020, for continuation of proceedings against the surety and adoption of prosecution’s final written address, respectively.

Precise Post also recalls that Senator Ali Ndume who stood as surety to Abdulrasheed Maina on Friday withdrew his suretyship on the ground that Maina is not trustworthy.

Recall that the former chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina jumped bail which led to the court ordering the remand of Senator Ndume to Kuje on Monday where he spent 5 days. He was released on Friday by the court.

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