The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is facing money
laundering charges, on Thursday, collapsed before trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Maina slumped shortly after the court resumed proceedings in the 12-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Limited.
Maina had on Wednesday after the EFCC
closed its case with nine witnesses, secured permission of the court to enter no-case-submission to the charges against him.
However, when the case was called on
Thursday, Maina’s lawyer, Mr. Anayo
Adobe, 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 defence lawyer was about to make
further submission when his client, Maina, slumped beside the dock where the court permitted him to sit.
Some lawyers and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service quickly rushed to his aid, a development that forced trial Justice Abang to suspend the sitting.
At the time of this report, his medical condition can not be ascertained.