Anayo Adibe, lawyer of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), has said his client is suffering from a mild stroke at the Kuje Correctional Centre where he is being detained.
He also stated that Maina has high blood pressure and needs urgent medical attention.
The former PRTT chairman, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 12 counts bordering on money laundering to the tune of N2 billion, had jumped bail in September 2020.
He was, however, re-arrested in Niger Republic and extradited to Nigeria to continue his trial.
In an interview with We FM, Adibe said his client is in a “very bad shape”, according to TheCable.
“I visited him at the prison about a week ago and from the visit, he was not looking fine at all”, Adibe said.
“I was told he had suffered a mild stroke, his blood pressure has been very high and his sugar level has risen astronomically. He is in a very bad shape.”
He said although the resident doctor at the correctional facility has tried to keep Maina’s health under control, the facility is not equipped enough to give him the needed medical attention.
“The resident doctor has written several letters to the authorities asking that he be taken to a better and well equipped medical facility. Those letters have not been responded to,” he also said.
“As his lawyers, we have taken a step further. We have written the comptroller-general, informing him of the dire situation our client finds himself presently and that except he is afforded quick medical attention, the story might change very soon because the truth is that we fear for his life.”
The lawyer also added that he has filed an application for his client to be granted bail on health grounds.
The Federal High Court in Abuja where the trial is taking place has fixed January 20 to hear the application.