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Arms Scam: Former PDP National Chairman, Haliru Mohammed, Son Granted Bail By Court


By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to former National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Haliru Mohammed Bello and his son, Abba, in the money laundering suit preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in his ruling Thursday ordered that the bail for each of the accused should be put at sum of N300m with two sureties, with properties in Abuja, in the like sum.

Both former Minister of Finance and his son, are standing trail on a four count charge, including collection of the sum of N300 Million from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd). The sum was paid through the account of a private firm Barm Properties Project.

In addition, the jurist ruled that one out of the sureties each of the accused is expected to produce must be a director in the Federal Civil service or any of its agencies. The court also ordered that both Haliru and his son should hand over their international passport to the Court Registrar while the hearing of the suit lasts.

Justice Mohammed also ruled that the accused should remain under the supervision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, at an Abuja Clinic, where he is currently being treated over an injury from spinal surgery.

He however ordered Haliru’s son to be remanded in Kuje prison pending the time he and his father would meet their bail conditions.

The jurist also held that the title documents of the property to be presented by the sureties would be verified by court officials as well as make available to the court all through the trial. Hearing proper on the suit has been adjourned till February 16, 2016.

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