Justice Okon Abang of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, on Friday, adjourned the trial of Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina till December 8.
This adopted the withdrawal of his lawyer, Francis Oransanye.
Faisal is the son of Abdulrashed Maina, former chairman of Pension Reform Activity Crew (PRTT)
In absence of authorized illustration, prosecution counsel, M. S. Abubakar requested the court docket to foreclose Faisal’s proper for a defence to the testimonies towards him.
The decide, whereas granting the prayer, famous that Faisal was “given the identical alternative to defend identical however did not reap the benefits of the stated alternative”.
He gave prosecution seven days from immediately to file its written handle.
The third prosecution witness in Faisal’s trial, Rouqayya Ibrahim, a Principal Detective Superintendent (PDS) with Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) had testified.
Ibrahim revealed that the defendant made under-declaration of belongings in his Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) type in addition to contradictory statements to the EFCC and the court docket, regarding the registration of the corporate he allegedly utilized in siphoning N58million.
Faisal was not in court docket, and didn’t ship authorized illustration within the 4 consecutive adjournments after his launch on bail November 26, 2019.
On November 18, 2020, Justice Abang revoked his bail, issued a bench warrant towards him and dominated that his trial will proceed in his absence.
The decide ordered his surety, Umar Galadima, the Home of Representatives representing Kaura Namoda constituency of Zamfara, to seem in court docket and clarify why he shouldn’t forfeit his N60million bail bond for failing to supply the Faisal in court docket.
Immediately, his lawyer, M. E. Sheriff, requested for a brief adjournment to check the prosecution’s counter-affidavit and file an acceptable response.
Faisal is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a three-count cost of false declaration of belongings and cash laundering to the tune of N58 million.