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Maina remanded in Kuje Prison as counsel withdraws from case

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Maina remanded in Kuje Prison as counsel withdraws from caseBarrister Abel Adaji, lawyer representing the former chairman of pension reform commission, Abdulrasheed Maina, has formally withdrew from the case.

ROYAL NEWS gathered that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the remand of Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial.

However, the new counsel engaged by Mr Maina asked for a short adjournment to enable him to study the facts of the case.

Justice Okon Abang granted the application for adjournment on the ground that the defendant who is presumed innocent is entitled to legal representation.

Abulrasheed Maina, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2bn money laundering charges, had jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Niger.

He was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday about two weeks after the court revoked his bail, ordered his arrest and directed that his trial would proceed in his absence pending when security agencies would be able to apprehend him.

He was produced in court at about 8.27 am ahead of the proceedings scheduled to commence by 9 am on Friday.

He subsequently adjourned the case to the 8th of December for a continuation of trial.

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