A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed the application filed by Faisal Maina to be relocated from the custody of the Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad to the Nigerian Correctional Service facility.
Faisal and his father, Abdulrasheed, the former Pension Reform Task Team chairman, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 12 counts bordering on operating fictitious bank accounts, money laundering and fraud to the tune of N2.1bn.
Justice Okon Abang ordered that his father be remanded in the NCS facility in Kuje, Abuja and sent Faisal to the police custody in Asokoro.
The court had fixed Wednesday for the commencement of the trial of the defendant, but when the matter was called, his counsel, Francis Oransanye, informed the court that he was denied access to his client by the police.
He, therefore, requested the transfer of the defendant to the correctional centre, arguing that access to his client would enable Faisal to prepare for his defence.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement said the lawyer urged the court to adjourn the hearing on the bail application to a later date when the defence team would have had access to Faisal.
But the prosecuting counsel, M. Abubakar reminded the court that after the arraignment of the defendant on October 25, 2019, the court had adjourned the matter till November 6 for trial.
“It is our submission that the adjournment till November 6 has not been vacated. The learned counsel should allow us to call our witness,” Abubakar said.
Justice Abang held that there was no proof before the court that the police denied the defence counsel access to the defendant, stating that what counsel said amounted to ”hearsay witnessing.”
“The application to transfer the defendant to any other place other than the Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad, Asokoro, is hereby refused,” he declared.
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