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Again Maina, son’s trial postponed over judge’s absence

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The trial of a former Chairman of the Pension Reformed Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, and his son Faisal Maina at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, was stalled again for the fifth consecutive time.

At today’s scheduled trial, counsel to the parties as well as Maina’s bail surety, Senator Ali Ndume were all in court at about 9am but the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, Maina and his son Faisal were not in court.

However, about an hour later, one of the court registrars announced that the day’s sitting would not be holding.

Abdulrasheed Maina's son, Faisal in court
Abdulrasheed Maina’s son, Faisal in court

That is because the judge was indisposed and consequently adjourned all cases slated for today to later dates.

The cases include the case between the federal government and Abdulrasheed Maina and his son.

Although, Maina’s son, Faisal later showed up in court at about 2pm alleging that he was attacked at Gwarimpa, Abuja by some men who were wearing police uniforms at about 8pm on Monday.

He alleged that the men who occupied 5 police Hilux vehicles and two two private cars attacked him with intent to kill him as they pointed guns at his car but he managed to escape.

Faisal said the ugly incident contributed to his lateness to court even though the court did not sit.

On October 2 Maina’s lawyer, Francis Oronsaye, had informed the court that the 1st defendant was not in court because of an undisclosed illness and urged the court for an adjournment, which was reluctantly granted.

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