A former Minister of Defence and ex-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello Mohammed, has asked for the permission of a Federal High Court in Abuja to travel abroad for medical treatment.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on January 5, 2016, arraigned Mohammed, his son, Abba, and a firm, BAM Project and Properties Limited, before the court on four counts of money laundering involving the sum of N300m allegedly meant security.
The prosecution led by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), says BAM Project and Properties belongs to Abbah.
The EFCC alleged that instead of using the N300m to provide “safe houses”, the purpose for releasing to them by the Office of the National Security Adviser in March 2015, the accused allegedly expended it on the PDP’s presidential campaign.
Mohammed’s passport and that of his son had been seized by the court as part of the bail conditions imposed by the trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in his ruling on January 7.
The ex-minister’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), informed the judge on Thursday that he had filed an application seeking an order of the court tentatively releasing his client’s passport to enable him travel abroad on health grounds.
Agabi did not disclose the nature of his client’s medical condition and the country where he intended to travel to for the treatment.