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Five high profile persons who have appeared in court on wheelchairs

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Here's a thread of events you’ve probably seen before: a high profile government official gets charged to court for a case of money laundering, fraud or any other crime, they fall ill, get admitted to a hospital, and then show up in court in a wheelchair. Rinse and repeat.

Here are five high profile persons that have appeared in court on wheelchairs. The Guardian, however, cannot independently confirm if the tact is employed to stall court proceedings.

Maina Abdulrasheed
The most recent of the pack is the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina who arrived at a Federal High Court in Abuja in a wheelchair on 7th November.

On October 25, Maina was sued alongside a firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, by the EFCC before the Federal High Court.

Dino Melaye
The Senator arrived in court on September 13th in a wheelchair with claims that he was injured when gunmen invaded the venue of the recent Kogi gubernatorial primary election, and could not stand in the dock for the trial.

Melaye is facing six-count criminal charges.

Olisah Metuh

In March 2018, the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, arrived for continuation of his trial before Federal High Court in a wheelchair.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged that he had before the 2015 Presidential election, received N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser without executing any contract.

Haliru Bello
A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello Mohammed, appeared before the Federal High Court, Abuja, sitting in a wheelchair.

The EFCC had on December 26, 2015, filed a four-count charge of money laundering against the politician for his alleged role in the diversion of funds meant for the procurement of arms in the office of the National Security Adviser.

Patrick Akpobolokemi
On January 14, 2016, former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, wasn’t exactly wheeled into court but he came in on crutches to face charges of fraud.

Akpobolokemi has been charged by EFCC along with former militant, Government “Tompolo” Ekpemupolo for stealing the sums of $108.7 million N2.2 billion found to be the property of NIMASA.


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