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Court fixes dates for witnesses’ evidence in Maina’s trial

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed March 17 and 18 for witnesses’ evidence in the ongoing trial of the former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina.

The sitting judge, Justice Okon Abang, fixed the new date after a Human Rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, appeared in court while Maina’s lawyer, Abel Adaji, was leading the second defence witness, Mr Charles Emoakemeh, in evidence in the money laundering trial.

Mr Falana told the court that although he had not been served with the subpoena, he heard about it and decided to come before the court to show respect.

The court subpoenaed Mr Falana, with other persons to testify in the ongoing trial of Mr Maina by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The first defence witness, Mr Ngozika Ihuoma, alleged that Falana acquired a recovered property from the EFCC even while the property was still subject to litigation.

Speaking with journalists after the court’s proceedings, Mr Falana, said the subpoena would provide an opportunity for him to put an end to the needless controversy surrounding a property he never bought.

Tanimu Salihu

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