Docked PDP Chieftain: 7 Things You Must Know About Him, Haliru Bello

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It is the era of docking and the latest to be docked is the former ‎National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Haliru Bello‎. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, arraigned  Bello along with his son, Abba, on a four-count criminal charge bordering on alleged N300million fraud‎, before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Interestingly the former PDP chieftain took his plea in a wheelchair. As a follow up on this INFORMATION NIGERIA has put together 7 interesting facts you should know about Dr Bello…

– He does not have the prefix ‘Dr’ for nothing as he (Dr. Haliru Mohammed Bello) was in trained veterinary medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1966

– Dr. Bello, a former Minister of Communications ( from June 2001 to May 2003), after he left office was indicted in a bribery scandal involving the German telecom company Siemens AG and was alleged to have collected €70,000 in two installments, a charge he denied.

– He was the first Comptroller General of the Customs and Excise department, then a service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, under a new decentralized arrangement that began on 16 February 1988. He was appointed  Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service in 1988 by General Ibrahim Babangida.

– Dr. Bello was one of the founders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kebbi State, where he is from.

– Another scandal emerged in January 2010, over a N5 billion contract for supply of equipment to (M-tel), a subsidiary of NITEL and the EFCC subsequently launched an investigation into the matter.

– He became  Minister of Defense under President Goodluck Jonathan between 2011 and 2012.

– Upon  Anthony Anenih’s resignation as PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, he was appointed as Acting Chairman.

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