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Escape to Niger: Maina to stay in jail till finish of trial

Justice Okong Abang of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the remand of ex-chairman, Pension Reform Job Crew (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina in jail custody until the tip of his trial.

The decide additionally adjourned listening to till December 8, 2020 upon software by a brand new defence counsel, Adaji Abel.

“The defendant is already on bench warrant, his bail having been revoked, so he shall be remanded in a correctional service, pending conclusion of trial,” he mentioned.

The order adopted Maina’s escape to Niger Republic, the place he was arrested by the Worldwide Police (INTERPOL).

He was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday.

In courtroom, the brand new defence counsel utilized for adjournment to allow him familiarize himself with the case.

Reacting, M. S. Abubakar, prosecution counsel, opposed the applying.

He argued that the ninth prosecution witness (PW9), Rouqayyah Ibrahim, an EFCC detective, was in courtroom to proceed her evidence-in-chief.

However Abang mentioned Maina is entitled to his constitutional rights below Part 36 of 1999 Structure, particularly the rights to honest listening to.

“I’m inclined to accommodate the counsel for the primary defendant within the total curiosity of justice”, Abang held.