Dasukigate: Court grants ex-PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, son bail

Haliru Bello Mohammed arrives court on wheelchair
Haliru Bello Mohammed arrives court on wheelchair

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello, and his son, Abba, two days after they were arraigned on money laundering charges.

The judge, Ahmed Mohammed, ruled that Mr. Bello and his son deposit N300 million each, among other conditions, for their bail.

Mr. Bello is one of many high profile personalities charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly receiving parts of arms funds allegedly diverted by a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

On Monday, he appeared in court on a wheel chair, and was later permitted to receive medical treatment at a hospital in Abuja, under police protection.

Justice Mohammed said on Wednesday that the affidavits before the court showed that Mr. Bello’s and his son’s claim of ill health did not appear to be false.

He noted that the first defendant, Abba Bello, was said to have bronchial asthma, while his father had an injury in the spinal cord.

“Then it will be most unfair to refuse the bail application,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The judge ruled that the first and third defendants, Abba, and Haliru Bello, respectively be granted bail on the condition that they provide N300 million and two sureties.

The first surety must be a civil servant not below level 12, while the second must have properties in Abuja worth the bail sum.

Both defendants are to submit their international passports, the court ruled.

Justice Mohammed further ruled that Mr. Abba Bello be remanded at Kuje prison, while Haliru bello should remain under the care of the Inspector General of Police, while receiving treatment.

The court adjourned till February 16 for commencement of trial.

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  • A. Etinan

    How to start a real War Against Corruption

    • Arrest Professor Wole Soyinka and Rotimi Amaechi for taking 82 million Naira
    as expense for the dinner served to Wole Soyinka on his visit to Port-Harcourt.

    • Arrest Jide Omokore who acted as proxy to Goodluck Jonathan over the whopping
    sum of four billion and five hundred million dollars found in Jide Omokore’s pocket.

    • Arrest Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala over the two billion dollars she approved to be released
    to Colonel Sambo Dasuki from defence funds- which was later shared and stolen away
    without her demanding account of expenditure as mandatory for a Finance Minister
    who is not in a conspiracy to steal, given that she could not delegate her constitutional
    duty to account to Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

    • Arrest Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over the sum of ₦55 billion he took with his hands in cash
    from the Central Bank of Nigeria and spent as he liked and as the spirit directed him, and
    including claiming to have spent one billion Naira of it to cook lunch for ten [10] policemen
    on guard duty at the Central Bank.

    • Arrest the tag team of Goodluck Jonathan, Adoke Muhammed and Dan Etete for stealing
    one billion dollars through oil bloc (OPL 245) and for violating money-laundering laws,
    by spiriting the money abroad, without a signature bonus paid into NNPC oil account.

    • Jimi

      You make some sense and I support the arrests of all these people. But it is not right to say that if we cannot arrest all of them at once we should not arrest any. If you wait to arrests all criminals before prosecuting anyone, no criminal will be jailed because you cannot know every crime at the same time be able to arrest all the suspects.

  • Burning spear

    The So-called $2.1b Arms Purchase Fund Is Scam By The Buhari Administration – Chief Dokpesi.

    **It is nothing but a hoax. “It does not exist. It’s a figment of the imagination of the present government to attack his enemies.

    The $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal currently being investigated by the security agencies is a scam , the chairman of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has declared.

    Dokpesi is standing trial for allegedly collecting N2.1 billion of the cash from the erstwhile National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. He is currently on bail.

    The DAAR Communications boss spoke at his Abuja residence during his investiture as Patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Vanguard on Wednesday.

    He said, “I must hasten to assure you that there is nothing like the much flaunted $2.1 billion arms gate. The competent courts of our land would sooner or later prove this coinage aimed at decimating the leadership and membership of our great party to be nothing but a hoax.

    “It (arms scandal) does not exist. It’s a figment of the imagination of the present government. It’s about the persecution of Sambo Dasuki, Tony Anenih, Olisa Metuh and others. We will be made proud when we start our defence in court.”

    In apparent reference to the Buhari-Idiagbon military regime of 1984/85, Dokpesi continued, “Some of us are reminded of the events of 1984/85 which by any stretch of comparison are similar to the unfolding events today.

    “As I have said not too long ago, we must stand resolutely united, especially in the face of this momentary political adversity. For one thing, I say again that the PDP is not dead, is not dying and will not die.”

    He described free press as one of the important elements that help to check the monstrous power of the state, adding that DAAR Communications has from inception been at the fore front of the fight against impunity and promotion of democracy even from the military days.

    “We have weathered the storm of oppression, we have been vilified many times, we have also been persecuted in our constitutional duties to make government and its officials accountable to the Nigeria people but we never wavered.

    “During the infamous third time tenure elongation agenda, we dared to speak up, but speak up we did. We have always been on the part of human rights, citizen participation in the democratic process, transparency and accountability.

    “These ideals have not changed and will never change. I assure you ladies and gentlemen, the youth and vitality of this nation, our faith in Nigeria remains unshakable.

    “We will support any policy of government that seeks to promote the ideals of good governance. But we should also not be cowed to speak up where we disagree,” Dokpesi added.

    He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of attempting to impede the nation’s journey to political maturity through the manipulation of the federal system to serve purely partisan interests.

    According to him, the PDP was experiencing a massive persecution, political vendetta of the kind never before seen in the land and targeted at the leadership, membership and sympathizers of the opposition by the government of the day.

    • Burbank

      “PDP was experiencing a massive persecution, political vendetta of the
      kind never before seen in the land and targeted at the leadership,
      membership and sympathizers of the opposition by the government of the
      day”

      That the reason Nigeria voted for Buhari.

  • REDEEM

    Prof Yakubu whom Buhari appointed as Chairman of INEC, cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the project.

    Interestingly, over five years after another N850 million was drawn for Phase 2 of the manufacturing contract, Intermarkets is still waiting to be mobilised. Yet Buhari who appointed Prof Yakubu as Chairman of INEC claims to be fighting corruption—What about Damnbazua who stole over 2b from the Army—–Amaechi 58b–Fashola 4 trillion—-Fayemi 49b——-Col Ali of Customs Nko who aided in hanging Ken Saro Wiwa-nko—Buhari himself collected over 300,000 doallras from Dasuki ati 5 vehicles——————Is that the type of thief to fight corruption in Nige

    • Burbank

      “Is that the type of thief to fight corruption in Nige”

      Yes.
      Next?

  • REDEEM

    The So-called $2.1b Arms Purchase Fund Is Scam By The Buhari Administration – Chief Dokpesi.

    **It is nothing but a hoax. “It does not exist. It’s a figment of the imagination of the present government to attack his enemies.

    The $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal currently being investigated by the security agencies is a scam , the chairman of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has declared.

    Dokpesi is standing trial for allegedly collecting N2.1 billion of the cash from the erstwhile National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. He is currently on bail.

    The DAAR Communications boss spoke at his Abuja residence during his investiture as Patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Vanguard on Wednesday.

    He said, “I must hasten to assure you that there is nothing like the much flaunted $2.1 billion arms gate. The competent courts of our land would sooner or later prove this coinage aimed at decimating the leadership and membership of our great party to be nothing but a hoax.

    “It (arms scandal) does not exist. It’s a figment of the imagination of the present government. It’s about the persecution of Sambo Dasuki, Tony Anenih, Olisa Metuh and others. We will be made proud when we start our defence in court.”

    In apparent reference to the Buhari-Idiagbon military regime of 1984/85, Dokpesi continued, “Some of us are reminded of the events of 1984/85 which by any stretch of comparison are similar to the unfolding events today.

    “As I have said not too long ago, we must stand resolutely united, especially in the face of this momentary political adversity. For one thing, I say again that the PDP is not dead, is not dying and will not die.”

    He described free press as one of the important elements that help to check the monstrous power of the state, adding that DAAR Communications has from inception been at the fore front of the fight against impunity and promotion of democracy even from the military days.

    “We have weathered the storm of oppression, we have been vilified many times, we have also been persecuted in our constitutional duties to make government and its officials accountable to the Nigeria people but we never wavered.

    “During the infamous third time tenure elongation agenda, we dared to speak up, but speak up we did. We have always been on the part of human rights, citizen participation in the democratic process, transparency and accountability.

    “These ideals have not changed and will never change. I assure you ladies and gentlemen, the youth and vitality of this nation, our faith in Nigeria remains unshakable.

    “We will support any policy of government that seeks to promote the ideals of good governance. But we should also not be cowed to speak up where we disagree,” Dokpesi added.

    He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of attempting to impede the nation’s journey to political maturity through the manipulation of the federal system to serve purely partisan interests.

    According to him, the PDP was experiencing a massive persecution, political vendetta of the kind never before seen in the land and targeted at the leadership, membership and sympathizers of the opposition by the government of the day.

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    • Ikechukwu_67

      And the 2.1 billion he admitted that he collected was hoax too?

      • REDEEM

        Ibo man–look here-my friend-u seems to be dumping your biafran dreams for the fulanis again abi? Has mone changed hand—-See why we cannot trust u the Ibos? One leg in Biafra another with the Fulanis-Same as u did with Jonathan abi? Unlike the Yorubas who stood firmly with the Fulanis———————The money was due him—-No sane human would part with such a huge amount of money without a reason—unlike Buhari who stole 5.6b dollars from NNPC and has he denied it—together with the 2.8 he stole over 30 yrs ago-

        • Jimi

          You must be getting paid a lot of money to be as intellectually twisted as you are even in the face of compelling evidence.

        • Burbank

          “And the 2.1 billion he admitted that he collected was hoax too?”

          Yes or no?

    • Fadama

      You use the name REDEEM but you are far from being redeemed.

      • Burning Spear

        @wahala u make me laugh—-why Is my name more important to you than the content of the message-?-That Buhari like the Chibok girls story is lying-Just busy displaying his evil thoughts against Jonathan-via Dasuki–Sadly gullible Nigerians believe these fake arrangee nonsense —-designed by Buhari ati the Apes in APC to score cheap political points—To divert attention from real economic issues affecting the country period-Buhari is fighting corruption when he has tonnes of corrupt people in his government? Ibegi

        • Burbank

          And you are so helpless against Buhari.

        • Fadama

          Keep wailing while we keep arresting, remanding, and sending them to jail.

      • Burbank

        Gbam
        He’s trying to REDEEM the traveller’s checks that Dasuki gave out but now cancelled by EFCC.

  • quinox

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Crude Oil falls to $29

    “According to OPEC secretariat calculations released on
    Thursday, “the price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes

    stood at 29.71 dollars a barrel on Wednesday,

    compared with $31.21 the previous day”.

    ……Cable News

    • IZON Redeemer

      Until Buhari and the tripod allows the people of the Ijaw Nation to go——–the price of crude oil will come down to 5 cents- per barrel——let my people go–Are the fake Naval People we have in the Niger delta not still saying Nigerians are suffering because of the theft of crude oil by Tompolo and Jonathan–? Let my people go—even if crude oil is sold at one cent per barrel–why do u think the USA killed Gaddafi for–was it not Gaddafi who raised the price of oil to $7 to150 dollars per barrel? Is it buhari the liar that would be able to achieve that feat for Nigeria ati OPEC-even after lying—-that he will increase then price of oil—–that is the thief we have as president

      • Burbank

        “Let my people go”

        The borders are open – please go, NOW.

  • Fadama

    Once they meet the bail conditions, rearrest them for another offence. They need to face the consequences of their evil actions

    • Burning spear

      Ibo man does that include Buhari who stole $300,000 and 5 vehicles—Time for Efcc to seize the manstion Buhari built in abuja–and every money in his acount beyond the 30m he declared to us–now we have another 5.6b missing in NNPC-

      • Burbank

        Still waiting for your evidence in court.

    • Burbank

      Gbam…
      charge them for littering, loitering, urinating in public or anything.
      As long as they stayed in jail.

      • Fadama

        I completely support that motion

  • IZON Redeemer

    Sadly 99.9 percent of the said money went to the Fulanis ati Yorubas in the North and south west of Edo state—-ati the Ibo speaking areas of asaba—————–what a shame!———————Not one Ijaw man has so far been mentioned by the lying tongue of Buhari—in the creeks of the Niger delta——————————–In spite of the fact that Jonathan is Ijaw———————————–See how the Ijaws operate—-hate their people like hell————-? I asked for the sack of Dasuki long before now—He it was who killed Jonathan————-who destroyed the victory of Jonathan at the polls———So let Buhari grind his skulll in powder if he likes-who cares???????—————-Are they not both Fulanis??????————-when will they let my people go sha????????

    Besides, Prof Yakubu whom Buhari appointed as Chairman of INEC, cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the project.

    Interestingly, over five years after another N850 million was drawn for Phase 2 of the manufacturing contract, Intermarkets is still waiting to be mobilised. Yet Buhari who appointed Prof Yakubu as Chairman of INEC claims to be fighting corruption—What about Damnbazua who stole over 2b from the Army—–Amaechi 58b–Fashola 4 trillion—-Fayemi 49b——-Col Ali of Customs Nko who aided in hanging Ken Saro Wiwa-nko—Buhari himself collected over 300,000 doallras from Dasuki ati 5 vehicles——————Is that the type of thief to fight corruption in Nige

    • Burbank

      “Is that the type of thief to fight corruption in Nige”

      Yes – live with it.

      • IZON Redeemer

        U mean buhari a thief himself can fight corruption with his corrupt ideas and the thieves he assembkled as Ministers— abi–

        • Burbank

          He’s still your president – lived with it.

  • Harrison Ajua

    Re: Wole Soyinka ate up 82million Naira food at a go

    Please ask the EFCC to force Professor Wole Soyinka and Rotimi Amaechi
    to immediately pay 82 million Naira into the Rivers state revenue account as
    overdue credit they’d granted themselves at taxpayers’ expense to sit down
    and eat dinner at a staggering cost of 82 million Naira. The two errant men
    can agree proportionate rate of payment amongst themselves but must pay.
    There is no free lunch, just like there is no free dinner in Rivers state, okay?
    Wole Soyinka dragged his wizened self all the way from Abeokuta in Ogun
    state to come and eat 82 million Naira dinner in Port-Harcourt and does not
    feel any sense of contrition, not even compunction, for his egregious infamy.
    Soyinka and Amaechi sat at the table and ate up the future of our children.
    Both men are crypto felons who must be brought to justice, notwithstanding.

    • musik2016

      …..did FELA Anikulapo Kuti have this Wole Soyinka in mind…..when FELA sang……….

      ‘JEUN KOKU O…o de…..WAKI AND DIE ……o de’……i am thinking so now……..

      • Wale

        He probably did; they are first cousins..

    • Burbank

      Finish you medicine?

  • bikky

    Share the money! Share the prison.

  • MI

    #BringBackOurStolenMoney

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    The even have the mind to wear same cloth to court. Wonder shall never end in our land.

  • Burbank

    Justice Mohammed of Federal High Court in Abuja Ahmed Mohammed is another sad cheap judge to grant bail just because the Bello’s “claim of ill health did not appear to be false.”

    Egypt’s Mubarak was tried in court while lying in bed.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Sadly 99.9 percent of the said money went to the Fulanis ati Yorubas in the North and south west of Edo state—-ati the Ibo speaking areas of asaba—————–what a shame!———————Not one Ijaw man has so far been mentioned by the lying tongue of Buhari—in the creeks of the Niger delta——————————–In spite of the fact that Jonathan is Ijaw———————————–See how the Ijaws operate—-hate their people like hell————-? I asked for the sack of Dasuki long before now—He it was who killed Jonathan————-who destroyed the victory of Jonathan at the polls———So let Buhari grind his skulll in powder if he likes-who cares???????—————-Are they not both Fulanis??????————-when will they let my people go sha????????

    Besides, Prof Yakubu whom Buhari appointed as Chairman of INEC, cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the project.

    Interestingly, over five years after another N850 million was drawn for Phase 2 of the manufacturing contract, Intermarkets is still waiting to be mobilised. Yet Buhari who appointed Prof Yakubu as Chairman of INEC claims to be fighting corruption—What about Damnbazua who stole over 2b from the Army—–Amaechi 58b–Fashola 4 trillion—-Fayemi 49b——-Col Ali of Customs Nko who aided in hanging Ken Saro Wiwa-nko—Buhari himself collected over 300,000 doallras from Dasuki ati 5 vehicles——————Is that the type of thief to fight corruption in Nige

  • Ijelu

    Of course – grant bail as usual – case closed – deceive common Nigerians.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    The National chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, in an interview with Vanguard

    What is your stance on the fight against corruption?

    Have you ever heard anywhere in the world, where a government subjects security into this kind of disgracing insult like what’s obtainable in Nigeria right now? I have never seen anything like it. Buhari has no, if he has, he has no advisers or he doesn’t listen to advice.

    What do you say about the evidence so far of the money paid through the office of the NSA, the Arms scandal?

    The paid money to the NSA man, also the NSA man said he gave Buhari car, so what are they telling us. And you know the man said if he opens up, he will open up canker worms. So leave that aspect of NSA because it is not good for our image, it is not good for our security; no nation ever subjects its security to this kind of thing. And it is not done with sincerity of purpose, it is for selfishness, you want to create something out of the man.
    But is that how security fund in other parts of the world is utilised?

    Yet, Buhari’s cult followers came out with a giant bill board -‪#‎IstandwithBuhari‬. Just way of institutionalizing what is obtainable in North Korea in Nigeria