JUST IN: Maina collapses in court


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT),  Abdulrasheed Maina  on Thursday collapsed in court during his trial.Maina is standing tial before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court in a12-count  money laundering charge .

The former pension boss collapsed at exactly 10:05 am when his counsel, Anayo Adibe was making submissions before Justice Okon Abang handling his trial.Before the collapse of the former pension boss, his counsel was praying the court for an adjournment to enable him get record of the proceedings of the court to enable him prepare for the no case submission he intends to file on behalf of his client.

The defence lawyer was about to make further submission when his client, Maina, slumped beside the dock where the court permitted him to sit. Some lawyers and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service quickly rushed to his aid, a development that forced trial Justice Abang to suspend sitting.

EFCC had in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/256/2019, alleged that Maina used a bank account that was operated by his firm and laundered funds to the tune of about N2billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja.

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