Trial in Nigerian Government v. Ali Bello and others postponed until May 27
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Trial in Nigerian Government v. Ali Bello and others postponed until May 27

Further proceedings concerning the alleged money laundering allegations against Ali Bello and three others have been postponed to May 27, 2024, by Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

After Olomotane Egoro, the second witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), concluded her evidence in chief on Thursday, the court adjourned the trial.

The purpose of the adjournment was to provide Ali Bello’s legal team, led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Abubakar Aliu, the opportunity to question the witness who testified against the defendants.

Egoro, an employee of Access Bank, presented Keyless Nature Limited, Fasab Business Enterprise, and Ari Consulting and Integrated Limited bank statements during Thursday’s proceedings in the case marked: ABJ/CR/573/2022 (FRN Vs. Ali Bello and 3 others).

Egoro also attested to the fact that cash was lodged into the accounts from fourteen different LGAs in Kogi State.

While the witness did not specify why the funds were deposited into the accounts, they did testify to withdrawals from those accounts.

The alleged dates of the deposits and withdrawals range from 2017 to 2022.

Ali Bello, A. M. Aliyu, SAN, attorney for the 1st Defendant, asked the court to postpone the witness’s testimony so that he may cross-examine her.

It was decided to postpone the subject with the consent of attorneys.

As the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo Iseoluwa (SAN) was present.

For defendants 2, 3, and 4, Nureini Jimoh, SAN, was present.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged Ali Bello and three others with fraud totaling N3 billion, and they are now awaiting trial.

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