Abba Mohammed, son to former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bello Haliru, has been denied leave to seek medical attention abroad.
Mohammed had approached the court to grant the application following order of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which required he and his father, Haliru deposited their international passports with the court Registrar following their arraignment alongside their company over N300m, they allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd)
The trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, on Tuesday, dismissed the application, saying he saw no reason to grant the leave.
At the hearing of the application, counsel to Mohammed, Emmanuel Ekong, informed the court of the motion dated March 13 seeking permission to allow Mohammed travel to the United Kingdom to attend to his failing health.
Ekong also asked the court to permit the release of Mohammed’s international passport so that if the first application is granted, he would be able to travel for the proposed treatment.
The counsel added that the first appointment of Mohammed was on March 23 which he could not meet up with but he has another appointment in May.
He however urged the court to grant Mohammed leave to travel abroad for medical treatment.
The prosecuting counsel, O. A Atolagbe, while opposing the application informed the court that there is no document in the court to support the application of the defendant.
He therefore urged the court to refuse the application to travel abroad for treatment.
After listening to the arguments of both counsel, Justice Mohammed stated in his ruling, that he was in possession of an application of doctor’s appointment of the defendant for March 23.
He said he does not have any other date for doctor’s appointment in May for him to grant the defendant’s leave to travel.
“There is no evidence brought forth by the defendant that he has another appointment in May in the United Kingdom for treatment”, the Judge held
The Judge thereafter dismissed the application and adjourned till May 10 for continuation of trial.
Bello Haliru and his son, alongside their company, Bam Project and Properties Limited, are facing corruption charges, for allegedly receiving N300m from the office of the former National Security Adviser, for doing nothing.
Bello Haliru has held various administrative positions under the military governments before 1999.
He was Minister of Communications from June 2001 to May 2003. After he left office he was indicted in a bribery scandal involving the German telecom company Siemens AG.
He was Defense Minister from July 2011 until June 2012. He was appointed the acting National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria on 25 May 2015.