Corruption: Maina Placed In Prison For Further Proceedings:
It is safe to say that Nigeria is working hard to ensure the justice system is restored as Maina has been placed in prison custody.
Maina who was arraigned on Friday pleaded not guilty to the 12-count charge involving money laundering, operating of suspicious several bank accounts and also fraud.
After so many sittings and adjournment, the Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, in prison custody.
He was arraigned on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the 12-count charge leveled against him on money laundering, operating several suspicious bank accounts and fraud.
At the resumption of the case, the defence counsel representing maina, Ahmed Raji, requested the court to grant the defendant more access to time and facility to properly prepare for his defence.
However, the Prosecution counsel, M.S Abubakar, in his submission told the court that they were ready and willing for the proceeding of the trial since the defendant was present in court no need for excuses.
The prosecution counsel also urged the court not to consider the bail application filed by the defence, describing it as incompetent.
Meanwhile, the judge Delivered his ruling after he had carefully listened to the arguments of both the prosecution and defence counsels on bail application,
the presiding judge, Justice Abang Okon, then ordered for Maina to be remanded at the correctional service and be allowed to speak to his lawyers.
The judge fixed November 19, 2019 to consider the competence of the bail application filed by the prosecution counsel prior to Maina arraignment.
He, there after adjourned the case to October 30 for commencement of trial.
He stated that the trial would be day to day and no unnecessary application for adjournment would be attended to.
Maina was apprehended
by operatives of the Department of State Services,after a four year man hunt. He arrested at a hotel in Abuja after alledgely sneaking into the country from Dubai, United Arab Emirates alongside his son. ALSO READ: CORRUPTION: MAINA’S SON FINALLY ARRESTED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING