Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Dr Mohammed Haliru, appeared in court in a wheelchair today, January 5.
Remember that Mohammed was supposed to appear at a Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday, December, 30 but the court hearing was rescheduled due his to ill-health.
Mohammed, an ex-chairman of the PDP and former minister of defense alongside his son Abbah Mohammed, are facing a four-count-charge for reportedly participating in the diversion of funds mapped out for arms procurement by the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Bello and his son Abbah Mohammed, were arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on four counts of money laundering involving about N300m, which they allegedly collected from the office of the National Security Adviser.
They are facing trial alongside a firm, BAM Projects and Properties Limited for withdrawing the sum of N300m through the firm, from an account the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Abbah Mohammed was taken into custody by the EFCC on November 30 last year, along with Bashir Yuguda, who is the former minister of state for finance; Sagir Bafarawa, son of the former Sokoto state governor Attahiru Bafarawa; and Shuaibu Salisu, the director of finance in the office of the former NSA.
The FCT Federal High Court had dished out order to Nigerian commercial banks to freeze the accounts of some suspects who are linked in the arms procurement fraud that has been traced to Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser.
The charge sheet (a four-count charge) of Abbah Mohammed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was scheduled previously on the day he appeared in court in December but was stalled by his health condition.
Meanwhile the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today has fixed Thursday for ruling on ex-Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Haliru Bello, and his son’s bail application after both men who were arraigned in court today pleaded not guilty to all four counts dated December 23 but amended on December 30, 2015.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed allowed a 30 minutes stand-down on the matter to entertain arguments on whether or not the accused persons should be granted bail.
Afterwards, Justice Mohammed placed the former PDP chairman under police watch ordering the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to make sure that Bello, who was docked into the court in a wheelchair, was monitored full-time in the hospital, while his son was taken to Kuje Prison to await Thursday.