Arms Deal: Trial Of Ex-PDP National Chair And His Son Slated For Jan. 5

Haliru Mohammed BelloThe trial of a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Haliru Bello Mohammed Bello and his son, Abba, has been slated for January 5, 2016 by a Federal High Court.

The date was fixed due to an undisclosed illness, which the former PDP chairman is being treated for at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had slammed a four count criminal charge on Mohammed and his son, for allegedly collecting N600 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

They are to be arraigned alongside BAM projects and Properties Ltd.

Mohammed and his son were part of those indicted in the N31 billion funds meant for the purchase of arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgents, which the Office of the National Security Adviser distributed to some PDP stalwarts for the 2015 election campaign.

A former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, also currently standing trial in two separate courts had, in a statement of witness, admitted paying about N300 million into the account of BAM Properties, which was reportedly provided by the ex-PDP national chair.

Mr. Mohammed’s son, Abba, is alleged to have received N600 million from the office of the NSA in the name of BAM Properties but the reason for the transfer of the money to the company was not disclosed.

The duo were to be docked on Tuesday before Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed, but the prosecution informed the court earlier that the former PDP chairman was on admission in an Abuja hospital for an undisclosed illness.

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