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.