Commercial Law

Pension scam trial: Faisal Maina claims attack by unknown gunmen

By Olalekan Awojodu

Abuja

Faisal, the son of the former chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulraseed Maina on Tuesday claimed that he escaped assassination by the whisker when he was attacked by unknown gunmen on Monday evening.

Faisal who showed up in court around 2.00pm on Tuesday alleged that he was attacked around Gwarimpa by some men who were wearing police uniforms at about 8pm on Monday.

He alleged that the men who occupied 5 police Hilux vehicles and two two private cars attacked him with intent to kill him as they pointed guns at his car, saying he managed to escape.

Faisal said the ugly incident contributed to his lateness to court even though the court did not sit.

Faisal is on trial with his father over pension fraud. Thewas again stalled on Tuesday for the fifth consecutive time.

The matter is presently before Justice Okon Abang of the federal high court Abuja.

At the resumed sitting at about 9am, counsel to all the parties as well as Maina’s bail surety, Senator Ali Ndume were all in court but the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, Maina and his son Faisal were not in court.

About an hour later, one of the court registrars announced that the day’s sitting would not be holding, saying the judge was indisposed and consequently adjourned all cases slated for today to later dates, including the Mainas.

At the October 2 hearing, Maina’s lawyer, Francis Oronsaye, had informed the court that the 1st defendant was not in court because of an undisclosed illness and urged the court for an adjournment, which was reluctantly granted.

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