The trial of Abdulrasheed Maina by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee suffered a slight setback with the person informing the courtroom that he’s sick.
Maina, who had been making strikes to seem like he’s indisposed, has been capable of bribe his method to obtain particular therapy from officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service the place he’s being remanded.
Maina had failed to seem on the courtroom on Tuesday with the prosecution and defence counsel unable to elucidate the rationale for his absence.
An official of the Nigerian Correctional Service took a letter to the decide explaining why he was absent.
Justice Abang, who later learn the letter, knowledgeable the courtroom that the content material of the letter says, “The first defendant is indisposed, unable and not fit to appear in court but would do so when his condition improves.”
He mentioned the letter was signed by one Idowu Ajayi, a medical officer on the Nigerian Correctional Service Centre.
On the newest listening to of the case on Thursday earlier than Justice Abang of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, the ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Job Workforce, who’s dealing with a 12-count cost of cash laundering, working fictitious financial institution accounts and fraud, appeared on a wheel chair.
The decide adjourned the case for 14 days to allow the courtroom and the Nigerian Correctional Service to determine the true situation of his well being.
Sources, nonetheless, have revealed to SaharaReporters that Maina, who’s making an attempt to evade justice, feigned illness to deceive the decide to grant him bail on well being floor.
It was revealed that Maina connived with the Assistant Comptroller of Kuje Jail, providing him money to maintain him away from showing on the courtroom.
An insider who spoke to SaharaReporters, likened the therapy Maina was receiving to a “presidential treatment”.
“Maina day by day receives presidential therapy within the jail. He acquired guests, takes his desired meals and sleeps within the ACP’s workplace.
“The jail official, below the instruction of the ACP has constantly refused or delays the presentation of Maina in courtroom for trial.
“At a time, Maina was brought so late that the judge stood down the matter. He was also not produced at all in court, on the flimsy excuse of sickness and inability to appear in court, it was a planned and deliberate move,” the supply mentioned.
This development is symptomatic of Maina’s antecedence of bribing to flee justice or curry favours.
SaharaReporters had beforehand reported how Maina evaded arrest for six years by providing big money to Abubakar Malami, Lawyer-Common of the Federation and another extremely positioned people within the nation.
Maina is at present searching for a bail on well being floor however the EFCC opposing the appliance mentioned, “Maina is not a responsible citizen but a fugitive of law”.
The EFCC mentioned if granted bail, Maina, with the large funds at his disposal, would compromise its witnesses, a few of whom are his blood relations and relations.
“Our investigation additionally revealed that the first defendant/applicant’s Nigerian passport has expired very long time in the past and he has relocated to Dubai, UAE together with his spouse and youngsters, who’re equally Americans, all of them utilizing their American passports.
“Owing to the expiration of his passport and deliberate efforts to avoid being apprehended, the 1st defendant/applicant had always come into Nigeria (during his stay abroad as fugitive) by road, dubiously sneaking in the middle of the night through Niger Republic and alternating the routes through Katsina/Sokoto borders with Niger Republic,” the EFCC informed the decide.
The decide had adjourned ruling on the bail utility of Maina to November 21 and 22, 2019.