The family of Abdul-Rasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, has decried the conditions of Kuje prison where Maina is remanded.
Sources had earlier informed SaharaReporters how the embattled former pension boss was being treated with niceties in the prison.
He is facing a 12-count charge of money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud. On Thursday, he appeared in court in a Wheelchair, forcing the judge to adjourn the trial while the correctional facility ascertains his health condition.
Reacting to this, the family in a statement claimed Maina was on life support and medication in the past 15 years.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to news headline published online… insinuating falsehood concerning the health and trial of the former pensions funds chief, Abdulrasheed Maina.
“Contrary to the report, we wish to clarify some allegations made by the news outlet concerning his health situation and the ongoing trial. It is absolutely not true that Maina is receiving any presidential treatment in Kuje prison, where he is being detained. He is placed under the usual prison conditions in an uncomfortable cell that is dilapidated.
“It is also a figment of the imagination of those who concocted the lies that Maina is receiving visitors at will. It is, in fact, a more difficult task than the usual prison processes of visiting detained persons, to gain access or be allowed to visit Maina in detention. Several family members and friends have made efforts to see him but all to no avail.
“It is indeed embarrassing to the assistant comptroller of Kuje Prison to have been falsely accused of receiving cash bribes to delay or stop presenting Maina before the court with the sole intention to hinder justice when the need arises, as feigned by the online news medium. How and where would Maina, who is not allowed visitors, get the cash to bribe any official? …To every right-thinking mind, it is a blatant lie.