How ex-PDP chairman, Bello Haliru, son, squandered N300 million arms money — EFCC

Bello Haliru Mohammed, former PDP Chairman
Bello Haliru Mohammed, former PDP Chairman

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the office of the National Security Adviser, paid N300 million to a former national chairman of PDP, Bello Haliru, to fund election campaign.

Roukayya Ibrahim, a forensic specialist with the commission, made the statement while testifying before Justice John Tsoho on Tuesday.

Ms. Ibrahim said the outcome of a forensic analysis on financial transactions in the Sterling Bank account used indicated that the money was not payment for contract executed.

She said the office of the National Security Adviser headed by retired Col. Sambo Dasuki authorised the payment.

“The bank account that was used belonged to Abbah Bello, son of the third defendant (Haliru Bello),’’ Ibrahim said.

She added: “Between October and November 2014, a special Task Force was created to investigate Defence and arms contract.

“Allegation of financial misappropriation in the office of the NSA has been reported at the commission.

“After the Task Force was constituted, we studied intelligence reports and commenced investigation.

“During the course of the investigation, we invited relevant government agencies and banks to discuss with them.

“Specifically, we spoke with senior staff from the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and Central Bank of Nigeria.

“One of the discoveries was a letter from the Ministry of Finance to the CBN requesting the release of N100 billion on March 2, 2015.

“The money was actually meant for disbursement to agencies of government with the office of the NSA getting N30 billion out of the fund, supposedly to be used for security issues.

“On March 3, 2015, the Accountant-General of the Federation sent a memo to the Ministry of Finance in respect of the N30 billion.

“And on March 5, the Accountant-General of the Federation sent another memo to the CBN requesting urgent release of the N30 billion which was eventually paid into the NSA office account on March 11.

“On March 17, the N300 million was transferred from the N30 billion into the Sterling Bank account operated by BAM Project and Properties Ltd owned by Abba Bello.

“When Abba was arrested and interrogated, he denied knowledge of the transaction that ran through his bank account.

“Then his father, Haliru Bello, was away in abroad, but the story changed when we spoke with him on telephone.

“During the course of the investigation, we got to know that Bashir Yuguda, former minister of State for Finance, was used to actualise the transaction.’’

“During forensic analysis, we discovered that on March 18, disbursement of about N137 million was made to Kumugumu Ltd, on the same day, another N178 million was sent to North pole Ltd from the N300 million’’.

“On March 28, Abba transferred the sum of N163 million to Hijra Textiles Ltd on the instruction of his father, Haliru Bello.

“Abba who is the sole owner of BAM Project and Properties Ltd whose bank account is being used, withdrew the sum of N20 million in two tranches of N10 million each.

“Then on May 28, Abba made another transfer of N50 million into another of his personal savings account.’’

Ms. Ibrahim said Abba had specifically confessed to the commission that BAM Project and Properties Ltd did not execute any contract for the office of the National Security Adviser.

The duo are standing trial for alleged unlawful collection of part of the funds meant for arms purchase for the military.

The judge adjourned the matter till Feb 23. (NAN)

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  • what a shame 4 Buhari

    The federal government under the draconian rule of Buhari has finally been forced by the courts and various out-cry raised against the the continued refusal to obey court orders regarding the fake trial of Dasuki-Buhari and his Gestapos complied with an order of the federal high court, Abuja, directing it to produce Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA) in court. ‎On January 20, Justice Adeniyi Ademola had ordered the federal government to produce Dasuki before the court on February 16. Ademola gave the order after Dasuki failed to show up for trial. He stated that the accused person must be physically present in court to face the criminal charges against him. Dasuki arrived at the court at 8:30am on Tuesday.

    • Fadama

      Keep on crying and regurgitating irrelevant contents.

    • Ade Omowest

      Another wailing wailer is on rampage.

  • EFCC AMAECHI ati Fashola nko

    The immediate past Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi stole $757 million, reliable sources at the Government House told our reporter in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

    It would be recalled prior to the general elections in Nigeria, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi had issues and a running battle with the former Nigerian First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, that snowballed into a full-blown quarrel. This precipitated a political crisis in the state that led to his defection from the then ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP).

    Rotimi Amaechi, our source revealed, had no option but to align himself with those opposed to Dr. Jonathan presidency. His fear was that should Jonathan, by chance, be re-elected as president of Nigeria he would suffer a great persecution which, our sources say, is unlike the courteous and gentlemanly nature of the former Nigerian leader to seek revenge or respond to every injustice done to him.

    Findings from our investigative reports revealed that Rotimi dug deep into Rivers State coffers and doled out piecemeal a whopping $757 million part of which was used to fund Buhari’s campaign and every hue and cry that has been raised so far to have Rotimi Amaechi investigated in spite of the glaring evidence against him tendered by the Rivers State Government has fallen on deaf ears.

    Our efforts to reach the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the (EFCC) Nigeria’s anti-graft body did not yield any result as calls put through to their office for inquiry and clarification on this very sensitive matter were rebuffed in no uncertain terms.

    • Fadama

      Job done. At the end of the month, go and collect your salary from Wadata Plaza as usual.

      • MilitaryPolice01

        lool abeg no kill me with laff o

    • dami

      you and no one has seen any evidence of this…no bank statements…nothing…only stories from so called “reliable sources”…but you continue to post innuendo and gist..thinking that you will be taken serious..Ameachi himself has said go to court if you or Wike has any evidence…why is this so hard to do? but you prefer to continue to comment beer parlor gist…
      illiteracy is a big problem in this country…

      • Prophet

        The left and right cheeks of his nyash are called “reliable” and “sources” respectively.

    • Ade Omowest

      Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike as the ‘supreme-court imposed’ governor of Rivers State do not need to beg EFCC to investigate Amaechi. He should approach any high court of justice in Nigeria (and not the useless kangaroo state government panel), if he is confident and believe in the trash of papers he calls evidence.

  • Amir

    Jonathan, Jonathan, Lord have mercy! I’ve never seen such a story in life. Beware of anyone that looks timid as lack of knowledge and capacity can incline a man to demonic wickedness.

  • Layo

    Jonathan should be stoned to death.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      how gross…very good contribution you just made .. clap for ya self

  • ‘sola awe’

    EDITOR SIR,

    Goodluck Jonathan’s imminent arrest for detention

    There’s no way Goodluck Jonathan can escape arrest and detention on the facts so far disclosed.
    No additional facts are required on top of a criminal diversion of government funds for his own use.
    One should be very surprised that Goodluck Jonathan with a Ph.D does not know right from wrong.
    He will learn that moral distinction pretty well inside a smelly prison cell where he is surely headed.

    • Matters Arising

      • Arrest Jide Omokore who acted as proxy to Goodluck Jonathan over the whopping
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      • 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 Professor Wole Soyinka and Rotimi Amaechi for taking 82 million Naira out
      as expense for the dinner served to Wole Soyinka on his visit to Port-Harcourt.

      • Arrest Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over the sum of ₦1.4 TRILLION 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 – 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 the money-laundering laws,
      by spiriting the $1.2b abroad, without a signature bonus paid into NNPC’s bank account.

      • Dare

        You are malicious!

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  • MushinSpeaks

    The worst that ever happened to Nigeria was PDP; may the years of locust never return.

  • favourtalk

    God has brought them to shame and the whole Nigerians can now see the wickedness that PDP did to us for years when we trusted them with power and leadership, let them return our money and be prosecuted well. Kudos to PMB