ex-PDP chairman, Bello

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will, on Tuesday, arraign former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Haliru Mohammed Bello, and his son, Abbah, before a Federal High Court in Abuja over their alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mohammed and his son are being held by the EFCC for allegedly collecting N600 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

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

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 (ONSA) distributed to some PDP stalwarts for the 2015 election campaign.

A former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, currently on trial in two separate courts had, in his statement at an Abuja High Court, allegedly admitted paying about N300 million into the account of BAM Properties, which was allegedly provided by Haliru Mohammed.

Abbah was alleged to have received N600 million from NSA office in the name of Bam Properties but the reason for the transfer of the money to the company was not disclosed.

The EFCC has already arrested and arraigned many top officials and companies related to the previous administration for receiving large payments from the ONSA from the funds set aside for the procurement of arms to tackle Boko Haram.

The former NSA himself was charged along with many senior administration officials and PDP bigwigs for benefitting from the alleged loot.

Many of them have, however, been granted bail.

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