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Fraud: Court fixes date for arraignment of gov Bello’s nephew

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned till February 14, the trial of Ali Bello, a nephew of the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello over an alleged N3 billion money laundry case.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Ali Bello alongside Abba Adauda, Yakubu Siyaka Adabenege and Iyada Sadat on the money laundering charges.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Monday adjourned the case until Tuesday, 14 February, due to a mix-up in the filings by the anti-graft agency.

The judge said the court was yet to get EFCC’s counter-affidavit filed on Friday to Mr Bello’s bail application.

At the hearing on Monday, defence counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN) acknowledged receipt of the prosecution’s objection to his client’s bail request.

He sought a speedy hearing of the bail application. The prosecuting lawyer, Kabiru Hussain, said the counter-affidavit was mistakenly taken to a different court instead of that of Justice Egwuatu.

Daily Trust

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