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Alleged N2bn Fraud: Maina Is Bleeding In Court, Lawyer Claims

Mr. Francis Orasanye, Lawyer to the former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that his client was bleeding during the court sitting on Thursday.

The former pension reform boss ‘ alleged N2bn fraud case was called for Thursday to continue the trial, but his counsel asked his client to be permitted to take his medication.

The lawyer said his client is unable to stand trial while his health status issue is still a matter before the court.

He informed the court that he was adjourned to receive a report on Mister Maina’s health status from the Nigerian correctional services. And since the Nigerian correctional service has requested to turn in a report for one week, it will only be appropriate to wait for the same thing.


After his plea, mild unrest occurred in court, but decorum was soon returned, with Mr Orasanye pleading that his client needed his medication, adding that he (Maina) was bleeding.

The court rose to accept the petition from Maina’s lawyers for nearly 20 minutes, and after the judge was informed that Maina had taken his medicine, the proceedings were resumed.

However, on return, Maina’s lawyer Mister Francis Orasanye said he wanted to make an application informing the court that the first defendant’s health condition became worse when the court rose at the defense’s insistence.

He asked the court for an adjournment to sometime next week and the date for tomorrow vacated as well.

This he said is to enable Mr Maina to seek proper medical attention.

In reaction, Ms. Abubakar’s counsel said that the lawyer is more Christian than the Pope and in any event the court has read it’s decision that the case has been postponed until today for the continuation of the trial. He added that the pending bail ruling can not stop the continuation of the trial, since the trial can proceed whether the defendant is on bail or not.

On the medical report issue, he said in the light of the first defendant’s appearance in court, the medical report issue can not stop the trial from moving regarding.

He asked the court to go on with the trial.

On the defense’s motion for adjournment kind, Mr Abubakar said due to the safety of the defendant, he appreciated that his attorney said he was not a medical doctor and that any prison official with knowledge about his health condition had yet to contact him.

Abubakar, however, said he is not opposed to the application for adjournment.

On the defense’s motion for adjournment kind, Mr Abubakar said due to the safety of the defendant, he appreciated that his attorney said he was not a medical doctor and that any prison official with knowledge about his health condition had yet to contact him.

Justice Abang said the statement is a threat to the court and contemptuous on the court.

He warned the lawyer that in his own interest, he should mind his words and not make a submission that is aimed at scaring the court.

The judge insisted that the matter was not to take a position on Mr Maina’s health, adding that he could not infer on the defendant’s health status as he is not a medical doctor and it is uncomfortable for Mr Maina’s counsel to raise the issue of his health which causes confusion in court.

He argued that the application for adjournment is only valid because we are all human beings, stressing that his initial impulse was to continue the trial because his attorney is not a doctor to assess the health status of his client.

Justice Abang further informed that court that he will also give in to the defence’s submission because the prosecution is not opposed.

“This means that the prosecution has also contributed to delaying the proceedings because there is no medical report

“A person cannot perform drama in court to frustrate a case.

“The annoyance of the 2nd defendant counsel’s trial will not be tolerated again,” said Justice Abang.

He added that the case will be adjourned till the 25th of November, at the instance of the parties in the case.

“Anyone who tries to frustrate this case again will cause me to exercise the powers conferred on me to bu the court and I will order the police to remove such a person from the courtroom and the proceedings will continue in his absence,” warned Justice Abang.

He also added that the bail order is ready and he would have delivered it tomorrow, but it will be issued on the next adjourned date as parties have called for adjournment.

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