JUST IN: Ex-PDP Boss, Haliru Mohammed, Son Granted Bail

JUST IN: Ex-PDP Boss, Haliru Mohammed, Son Granted Bail

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Dr Haliru Mohammed, has been granted bail alongside his son, Abba, by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The judge over the case, Ahmed Mohammed in his ruling said granted the accused persons bail on a bond of N300 million each.

JUST IN: Ex-PDP Boss, Haliru Mohammed, Son Granted Bail

Dr Haliru Mohammed assisted by his aides out of the court room on Tuesday, January 5

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"This ruling is rested on the bail applications brought to this court by the first and third defendants," Mohammed said.

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The judge added that: "The issue to be determined is whether the applicants have tendered sufficient evidences to support their bail applications."

Quoting the constitution the judge also said bail can be denied if the applicant if granted bail will commit another offense, jump bail and/ or interfere with ongoing investigation.

The first defendant, Abba is is to provide a bond of N300 million, two sureties - one of whom must be a civil servant not below grade level 12 and the other must own a landed property with Abuja on like some of the bond.

Abba is also expected to deposit his travel passport with the court and his sureties will submit an affidavit of means and their passport photographs to the court.

He must also remainin kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

For the the third defendant, Haliru, he is expected to provide a bail bond of N300 million, two sureties - one a director in the civil service and the other a land owner within Abuja.

The land must also be valued at N300 million and the documents of the land will be deposited at the court till the end of the trial.

The sureties will also deposit their passport photographs to the court and an affidavit of means. Haliru is also expected to deposit his travel passport to the court.

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The judge also ordered that he remains under the supervision of the inspector general of police while on admission at the Abuja clinics as earlier ordered until theconditions are met.

Mohammed further adjourned the case to for definite hearing on the matter.

Counsel to the former defense minister, Abdulaziz Ibrahim while speaking to journalists said although the court's conditions appeared to be stringent his client will do everything possible to meet the bail.

Recall that on Tuesday, January 5, the court adjourned the ruling on a bail application by the duo, but they have gotten a reprieve now.

Mohammed created a seen in court on the said day as he appeared in court on a wheel chair which sparked off reactions from Nigerians.

The politician and his son were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N300million 11 days to the 2015 presidential election.

In the charge sheet, the EFCC claimed that Bello, a former Minister of Defence, received N300million cash on March 17, which was  11 days to the presidential election.

Abbah Mohammed is alleged to have received N600 million from Dasuki’s office on behalf of BAM Projects & Properties Limited, an Abuja-based realty company.

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Abbah Mohammed was arrested by the EFCC on November 30 this 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.

Last year, the arraignment of Mohammed at the court was stalled due to ill-health on Wednesday, December, 30. Sources close to Mohammed had told Naij.com that he (Haliru Mohammed) had been sick hence his absence on the said day.

Meanwhiel, the FCT Federal High Court had directed Nigerian commercial banks to freeze the accounts of some suspects involved in the arms procurement scandal that has been traced to Sambo Dasuki, the former NSA.

Source: Naij.com

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