A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted leave to Mr Adeola Adedipe representing Common Inputs Limited. to withdraw from the money laundering case brought against the company by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
At the resumed trial in Abuja on Thursday, Justice Okon Abang in a bench ruling granted the lawyer’s application to withdraw from the case on the ground that he is yet to be paid for his services and is unable to locate Maina who engaged him to represent the company listed as the second defendant in the case.
But Justice Okon Abang had on 25 November 2020, turned down the application by the lawyer to quit the case.
The judge, in declining the application for withdrawal at the previous proceedings, said the application had yet to arrive in the court file from the registry.
But acknowledging the application on Thursday, the judge issued an order discharging the lawyer from the case.
Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task team is being tried in absentia having jumped bail for alleged two billion naira fraud and money laundering offences.
Senator Ali Ndume, who stood as surety for Maina was remanded in prison by a court before he was granted bail on 27 November.
Maina has now been re-arrested in the Niger Republic, the Nigerian police confirmed on Monday and are expected to be extradited soon into Nigeria to continue with his trial.