Maina’s matter it would be recalled was adjourned till today, December 10, 2020 for the defendant to argue his no case application and for the prosecution to respond to same orally.
The Former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Thursday, collapsed in court during his trial.
Maina is being prosecuted on a 12-count charge of money laundering amounting to the tune of N2m.
The former pension boss collapsed at exactly 10:05 am when his counsel, Anayo Adibe was making submissions before the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang.
Before hand, 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.
But due to the development, the court had to rise abruptly to enable officials of the Correctional Service and relations of the former pension boss attend to him.
Twenty minutes later, Maina was revived and was conveyed to the hospital by officers of the Correctional Services for treatment.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, after the EFCC closed its case with 9 witnesses, Maina secured the permission of the court to enter a no-case-submission to the charges against him.
However, when the case was called on Thursday, Maina’s lawyer, Mr. Anayo Adibe, told the court that his client would not be able to proceed with his application. Abide said he was unable to prepare the no-case-submission owing to the fact that he was not availed with records of proceedings of the court in the matter.
The EFCC had 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.
It told the court that Maina used fictitious names to open and operate various bank accounts, as well as recruited his relatives that were bankers to operate fake bank accounts through which illicit funds were channeled.
The Prosecution added that the banks, opened phony accounts for the Defendant, without conducting due diligence to ascertain the true identities of the owners. It told the court that some of the bogus names Maina used to operate the accounts in a bid to conceal his true identity, included Aliyu Nafisatu and Dr. Abdullahi A. Fisal.
Among other crimes, the EFCC also alleged that Maina, in 2014, took possession of the sum of N171.91million that was paid into one of the accounts he operated with one bank.