The Herald earlier reported that Former Chairman of Pensions Reform Task Force Abdulrasheed Maina on Wednesday, showed up for his trial in a wheelchair at the Federal High Court.
It was however shocking because he had no ailment prior to his arraignment. Maina’s trial was therefore stalled because of his supposed medical ailment. This is not the first time such incident will occur as Nigerian Politicians are fond of appearing in courts with wheelchairs, crutches, braces etc claiming to suffer from one life-threatening illness or the other.
The Herald has compiled a list of Nigerian Politicians who have appeared in courts who employed such tactic, to stall their trials.
Dino Melaye arrived court in May 2018 on a stretcher to stand trial for attempting suicide by jumping out of a moving van.
Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Mohammed appeared before a Federal High court in Abuja in a wheelchair. He was facing trial for his alleged involvement in $2billion arms deal which went south, #DasukiGate.
Major-General Hakeem Otiki who was arraigned for the alleged diversion of N400 million security funds, appeared for his trial in a wheelchair on September 17, 2019.
Chief Olisa Metuh, former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party arrived his trial in a wheelchair. He was facing trial based on corruption charges in a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Patrick Akpobolokemi, former Chairman of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), facing corruption charges appeared before a Federal High Court in crutches in January 2016.