The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday failed to deliver its scheduled ruling on the bail application filed by former Chairman of the Police Pension Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The accused is facing trial for allegedly diverting pensioners’ funds estimated at N3 billion.
Justice Okon Abang said the court would not be able to render its decision on the application because of its current heavy workload.
“On account of the heavy workload of this honourable court, the court shall reserve ruling on the bail application. The ruling is not ready. The court will give another date,” he said.
Maina was absent in court last Tuesday on account of ill-health.
Justice Abang thus ordered the Deputy Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Services in charge of Welfare and Medical to conduct a thorough examination on the defendant to ascertain his health status and report to the court.
The accused was brought to court on a wheelchair by prison officials.
Prosecution lawyer Mohammed Abubakar told the court that the enrolled order of the court was forwarded to the Deputy Comptroller, Medical and Welfare of the Prison, Mr H. B. Kori, on November 6, 2019.
Abubakar said Kori, in a letter, dated November 6 and which was served on the prosecution on November 6, requested for one week to enable him comply with the court order.
He said Kori’s request was reasonable and urged the court to grant an adjournment till November 21, 2019, for the continuation of trial.
The prosecutor said this would enable the prison medical official comply with the court order on Maina’s health status.
Upon the agreement by lawyers in the case, Justice Abang adjourned till November 21 and 22.