Relatives of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is facing trial on money laundering charges before the federal high court in Abuja have asked the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang to hands-off the case against Maina.
The relatives in a statement signed by their spokesman, Aliyu Maina, alleged that Maina’s trial has been tainted with extreme elements of bias and injustice and that Abang made several prejudicial statements against the defendant in the open court.
They also alleged that aside from teleguiding the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on how to present its case, the Judge, insisted that Maina who is critically ill and on hospital admission, must present himself in court for trial.
They, therefore, want justice Abang to recuse himself from the said case in the interest of justice and fairness. And the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, as a matter of urgency to wade into the matter.