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Court rejects request to transfer Maina’s son from police custody

Court rejects request to transfer Maina’s son from police custody

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the request by Faisal, the son of the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to be moved from his current detention facility of in custody of the Special Tactical Squad of the Nigerian Police Force.

Faisal was arraigned on October 25, 2019 on a three-count charge, bordering on money laundering and illegal operation of an account.

The prosecution alleged that he, sometimes between 2013 and 2019, received the sum of N58.11million, being proceeds of a corrupt act by his father.

He was also accused of failing to properly declare his assets before the EFCC.

After his arraignment, the court ordered his remand in the custody of the police, to enable the police conclude their investigation on the case of alleged illegal possession of firearm, made against him.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, his lawyer, Francis Oronsaye prayed the court to move his client to Kuje prison in Abuja, where his father, who is also on trial before the same court, was being held.

Oronsaye had complained that his client who was repeatedly denied access to his lawyer.

“Each time my colleague in the chamber went, his report was always that he was denied entry.

“We wish to make an application for the defendant to be transferred from the tactical squad office to Kuje Correctional facility.

“We believe this will make it easier for us to have access to him as against the current situation.

“We strongly believe that access to him is very fundamental to the preparation of his defence,” Faisal’s lawyer said.

He further prayed the court to adjourn the hearing of the bail application to a later date when the defendant would have been able to have access to his lawyer, saying it would enable the defence team to effectively and properly react to the counter-affidavit that was filed by the prosecution.

Ruling, Justice Okon Abang rejected the request on the premise that the order of the court that remanded the defendant in police custody has not been set aside.

He said the court could no longer go back on the issue since it has already ruled on where the defendant should be kept pending the determination of his bail application.

The prosecution opened its case, during which it called its first witness, a banker, Mrs. Mairo Bashir, who admitted before the court that she opened 12 bank accounts for Maina and some members of his family.

Led in evidence by the prosecution lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, Mrs. Bashir said Maina deposited N3bn into his account.

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