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Court Grants Former PDP Chair, Haliru, Son Leave to Seek Medical Attention Abroad


A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Bello Haliru and son, Mohammed, leave to seek medical attention in the United Kingdom.
Bello Haliru and his son, Mohammed, 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.
The trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, on Wednesday, said since the prosecution counsel, Olawsleke Atolagbe did not object to their applications, he granted them leave to trave abroad and ordered that their international passports be released to them.
The Judge said Mohammed (first defendant) would be allowed to go first and when he returns thereafter the father would take his turn.
At the hearing of the application, counsel to Mohammed, Solomon Umoh, informed the court of the motion seeking permission to allow Mohammed travel to the United Kingdom to attend to his failing health.
Umoh 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.
Also, arguing the same Application John Ochogo, counsel to Haliru said his client wanted the permission of the court to travel for medical attention.
Earlier, prosecution counsel called a banker, Jasper Chukwuemeka Eheme , as a witness against the first defendant, Mohammed Bello Haliru.
Iheme said he was with GTB of Murtala Mohammed Square branch, Kaduna State .
He said he was a relationship manager and account officer to Mohammed.
In his testimony, he said his functions include creating new relationship and managing new accounts.
Led in evidence by the Atolagbe, Iheme said: “EFCC invited us in December 2015 concerning Northpole Global Services and was asked to come around with certain documents concerning customer statement of account and account opening documentation. When I got there after questioning, I wrote a statement concerning statement I just spoke about.”
He identified the documents he presented to the the EFCC and was admitted as exhibit, marked P10.
He further said Bala M Abubakar was signatory to the account.
“What do you know about the account”, he was asked.
Iheme: “I know the owner of the account, I also know that he was one time gubernatorial aspirant for Kebbi State. I know right now he is a business man.”, he said.
He said on March 18, 2015 a transaction was carried out in the account, adding there was a debit entry of N70,000.
“The second transaction on the same day was a credit of N178m inflow from Sterling Bank by order of BAM Project, the second defendant.
“On 19 March first entry was debit of N15m, while the second d entry was debit of N30m.”
Under cross examination from Umoh, I here said he was not at the point transaction which took Sterling Bank, Kebbi, while he works with GTB Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna. “That means you were not in Sterling Bank where the money came from, which he assured in the affirmative.
“So you don’t know the source of money or what it was meant for?” Again he said he didn’t know the what it was meant for.
The court adjourned till May 24 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 Defence Minister from July 2011 until June 2012. He was appointed the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria on May 25,2015.

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