Proceedings at the Federal High Court in Abuja have been brought to an halt after a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was facing N2bn money laundering charges collapsed during the resumed hearing.
The embattled former pension boss slumped on Thursday 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.
The sitting was scheduled for the hearing of the defendant’s no-case submission, following the close of the prosecution’s case with nine witnesses earlier on Wednesday.
Upon resumption of hearing on Thursday, Maina’s lawyer, Anayo Adibe, told the court that his client would not be able to proceed with his application since he could not prepare the no-case-submission as he was not availed with records of previous court proceedings of the trial.
As Adibe was pressing to make further submission, the loud thud of his client, Maina, shifted attention and gaze of everyone present toward the defendant’s direction beside the dock where he was siting.
The development, however, forced the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, to suspend the sitting while prison officials and some lawyers rushed toward Maina for proper attention.