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Maina’s ill-health: Correctional Service DCG seeks one week to brief court.

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   Deputy Comptroller-General (DCG), Health
and Social Welfare, Nigerian Correctional
Service (NCS), H.B. Kori, on Thursday,
appealed to the Federal High Court, Abuja, to
give him a week, to respond to the court
order on the true health status of
Abdulrasheed Maina, former Pension Reform
Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Abubakar,
made this known to Justice Okon Abang at
the continuation of the trial of former
chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task
Team (PRTT), Maina.
Maina, who dressed in a light green colour
caftan, was wheeled to the court by officers
of the NCS for the continuation of his trial on
the one hand and for the court to take his bail
application on the other hand.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that following Maina’s absence in court on
Tuesday on ill-health reason, Justice Abang
had ordered the DCG, who is a medical
doctor, to conduct a thorough examination on
Maina, to ascertain his health status and
report to the court.
NAN also reports that on Thursday, the court
had earlier reserved ruling on the former
pension boss’ bail application, citing heavy
workload on the court as the reason.
At the resumed trial, the prosecution counsel,
Abubakar informed the court that the enroll
order of the court was forwarded to the DCG
of NCS in charge of Medical and Welfare, Mr
Kori, on Nov.
Abubakar said Kori, in a letter dated Nov. 6
and served on the prosecution yesterday,
requested for one week to comply with the
order of the court, so as to carry out a
comprehensive medical examination on Maina
to ascertain his state of health and to know if
he (Maina) is medically fit to stand his trial.
Abubakar told the court that Kori’s appeal
was reasonable and urged the court to grant
the request and to adjourn the case till Nov.
21 for the continuation of trial.
Counsel to Maina, Francis Oronsaye, did not
oppose the prosecution counsel’s
adjournment application.
Also, Counsel to Faisal, 2nd defendant in the
case, Adeola Adedipe, did not raise any
objection to the application.
Justice Abang, who adjourned the matter until
Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 for the continuation of
trial, however, expressed his displeasure to
journalists covering the proceedings.
The judge accused journalists of not
reflecting the kind gestures of the court in
their reports on Maina’s case.
“Some of them serve their personal interest,
rather than national interest,” he said.
He said when the court allowed Maina to sit
down during trial and the day he was allowed
to take his drugs in the open court, the press
refused to mention all these kind gestures of
the court in their report.
“Lead counsel to Maina, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN,
walked out on the court during the
proceedings of October 30, the press did not
report that.
“Even when Joe Kyari-Gadzama, SAN
threatened the court, while arguing for
adjournment, the press didn’t mention any of
these,” he said.
Abang said that the journalists, however,
misinformed the public that he ordered Maina
not to look directly at him in court.
“I did not order him to stop looking at me. I
only directed my registrar to advise the
defendant not to look at the court
“On account of all these, I come to the
conclusion that the press is unfair to the
court,” he said.
The judge said when he saw Maina being
brought in wheelchair into the court, he was
“I noticed that the accused was in court in a
wheelchair. But I didn’t order him to come on
a wheelchair. Am deeply touched when I saw
him this morning,” he said.
Justice Abang urged the journalists to allow
national interest to guide their work.
Maina is being charged with 12 counts
bordering on “money laundering, operating
fictitious bank accounts and fraud.”


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