The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, resumed hearing on the 4-count criminal charge against former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Dr. Haliru Bello, who is alleged to have illegally received N300 million from the office of the National Security Adviser(NSA).At the resumed hearing yesterday, the star witness, Mrs. Rouqayya Ibrahim, while being cross-examined by the defence lawyers, Chief Kanu Agabi(SAN), and Mr. Solomon Umoh(SAN), said aside the N300 million that was transferred to the defendants from the NSA’s office, another N300 million was also traced to their accounts.
In her words, the EFCC witness told the court: “During the course of investigation, we discovered that on March 18, 2015, disbursements of the funds were made to two companies— Kumugomo Limited received N137 million and North-Pole Limited, a little over N178 million. On March 23, 2015, Hijrah Textiles Limited was paid a little over N163 million. On March 26, the first defendant, Abba Bello, who is the owner and sole signatory to the account of Bam Projects & Properties Limited, made a cash withdrawal of N20 million in two tranches of N10 million each.
“On May 28, 2015 Abba Bello made a transfer of N50 million into another of his accounts. In the same month, another transfer of N50 million, in five tranches of N10 million each, was made on the same day to AGIS for the purpose of mass housing development. In the same month, another transaction of N2 million was made to Julius Berger Plc for the supply of furniture to Abba Bello(his son)’s client. Another payment of N5 million, in May 2015, was made to Archiplus Limited, an architectural firm, as part of services the company rendered to Bam Projects & Properties Limited.”