Kinsmen of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is facing trial on money laundering charges, have asked Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja to hands-off the case against their son.
Relatives of the ex-Pension boss, in a statement that was signed by their spokesman, Aliyu Maina, accused the trial Judge of bias, alleging that he made several prejudicial statements against the Defendant, in the open court.
They alleged that aside from teleguiding the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on how to present its case, the Judge, insisted that their son who is critically ill and on hospital admission, must present himself in court for trial.
The statement from Maina’s Kinsmen in Biu Local Government of Borno State, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, read: “We have painstakingly followed the trial of our illustrious son, Abdulrasheed Maina before Justice Okon Abang’s court and have reached the following conclusion;
“That the trial of the former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has been tainted with extreme elements of bias and injustice.
“We are asking Justice Okon Abang to recuse himself from the said case in the interest of justice and fairness.
“To this end, we urge the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, as a matter of urgency to wade into the matter.