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Judge handling Maina’s case transferred to Warri

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Federal High Court, FHC, Abuja, on Wednesday, has transferred Justice O.E Abang to Warri Division, Delta State.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Justice Abang, who was handling the case of Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, PRTT, is among the 55 judges affected in the latest mass postings by the FHC.

Recall the Chief Judge of the court, John Tsoho, in a circular issued on Tuesday had approved the posting of 77 judges with effect from April 12.

It was gathered that all the judges must take inventory of all property of the court before leaving for the new assignment.

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Although the judge did not preside over today’s case at the open court, he, however, met with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar and Maina’s counsel, Anayo Adibe, in his chamber.

But DAILY NIGERIAN could not confirm if the new posting could be attributed to Justice Abang’s inability to preside on cases at the open court.

He, however, adjourned the matter until April 13 for hearing of the subpoenaed witnesses and trial continuation.

Mr Maina, through his lawyer, had, on March 8, applied that the court subpoenaed some persons to testify in his ongoing trial by the EFCC on how he managed the PRTT which he chaired.

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But Mr Abang, on Wednesday, dismissed the application filed by Adibe, on behalf of Faisal, Abdulrasheed Maina’s son, seeking a recall of all the prosecution witnesses in his ongoing trial.

Justice Abang, who presided over the matter in his chamber, said the application lacked merit.

He then adjourned the matter until May 18 for continuation of trial.

It would be recalled that Adibe had applied to the court for a recall of all the prosecution witnesses on Faisal’s case on the grounds that the evidence of the witnesses were taken by the court in the absence of the defendant and his new legal team.

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The lawyer averred that now that Faisal had counsel representing him, the court should, in the interest of fair hearing, recall all the witnesses so that the new legal team could cross examine them and for the defendant to open his defence.

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