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Court fails to rule on Maina’s bail application

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Compiled by Chinelo Nwangene

Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTM) has been denied bail by the Federal High Court, Abuja, following its inability to deliver ruling on his bail application.

According to Justice Okon Abang, the date for ruling would be made known at the close of work.

The judge attributed the reason to the heavy workload on the court.

“On account of the heavy workload on this honourable court, the court shall reserve ruling on the bail application. The ruling is not ready. The court will give another date at the close of work,” Abang said.

Maina, whose trial was stalled on Tuesday due to ill-health, was Thursday wheeled into Court 6, where his bail application was expected to be taken.

It was gathered that two officers of the Kuje Nigerian Correctional Service wheeled Maina into the courtroom at about 9:30 am, armed with two first aid boxes. Maina was dressed in light green colour caftan.

The former chairman of PRTM was looking pensive and sickly.

Maina was, on Oct. 25, arraigned alongside a firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Okon Abang.

He was on a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.

Maina is the first defendant in the case while the company is the second defendant.

On Monday, the court adjourned until Tuesday to take his application seeking an abridgment of time to hear his bail application earlier fixed for Nov. 19 and also for continuation of evidence by the prosecution’s first witness.

However, when the matter was called on Tuesday, Maina was not in court. He was said to be indisposed.

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