The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has rejected a request by the lead defence counsel, Chief Sani Katu, to withdraw from the legal team of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The decision by Mr Katu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to withdraw from the N2 billion money laundering case came less than two months after he was engaged by Mr Maina to lead his defence.
The application which was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Mr Farouq Abdullah, said the defence counsel failed to meet the conditions to withdraw from the case.
The trial judge, Okon Abang, upheld EFCC’s objection and dismissed Mr Katu’s application on the grounds that he failed to give a three -day notice to the court to quit as provided in section 349(8) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
Tanimu /Pol. Unit/ Dan