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N300m fraud: Court orders release of Haliru Bello, son's passports

N300m fraud: Court orders release of Haliru Bello, son's passports

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has directed the re­lease of the international passports of former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bello Haliru and his son, Abba Moham­med to enable them travel abroad for medical treatment.
However, Haliru son’s passport will first be re­leased and upon his re­turn from abroad, the former PDP chief will have his delivered.
The court said that it ordered the release of the passports because the prosecution did not op­pose the defendants’ ap­plications.
The order came on Wednesday fromJustice Ahmed Mohammed when a prosecution wit­ness, Mr. Jasper Iheme, narrated how the defen­dants allegedly operated North Pole Global Ser­vices’ account with Guar­antee Trust Bank (GTB) Plc.
The duo alongside their company, Bam Project and Proper­ties Limited, are facing charges for of receiving the sum of N300 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednes­day, Jasper, a relationship manager of GTB, Kaduna State, told the court that the Economic and Finan­cial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summoned him on December 2, 2015 concerning North Pole Global Services, request­ing for the statement of account, account open­ing documentation, and other relevant docu­ments.
He said that he wrote a statement on the docu­ments and mentioned one Malam Abubakar M. Abubakar as the sig­natory to the account. He further gave details of transactions as an ac­count officer of North Pole Global Services.
In his analysis, a debit entry of N70,000 was done from GTBank in Birnin Kebbi on March 18, 2015 which was fol­lowed by a credit of N178.8million on the same date, being an in­flow from Sterling Bank by Order of BAM Project and Properties .
Jasper stated that a debit entry of N50million was done at a GTBank branch in Birnin Kebbi on March 19, 2015 and another debit of N30mil­lion on the same date.

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