Court Adjourns Trial Of Ali Bello To February 6

Hearing in the case marked FHC/ABJ/CR/550/2022: Federal Republic of Nigeria versus Ali Bello and Another before Justice J. K, Omotosho at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division has been adjourned to February 6, 2024.

The lawyers to the 1st and 2nd defendants, A.M Aliyu (SAN) and Nureini Jimoh (SAN) respectively, cross examined the prosecution’s 2nd witness, Edward Bananda, from a commercial bank, with respect to the evidence he tendered (statements of accounts).

The witness, upon a perusal of the entire bank statements he produced at trial, stated that he could not remember seeing the names of Ali Bello and Dauda Suleiman as beneficiaries who made withdrawals from the account tendered.

He, however, confirmed that one Abdulsalam Hudu made most of the withdrawals from the account statements.

The witness also stated that he played no role in the entries contained in the statements of account and only became a witness in the matter due to EFCC’s invitation.

Edward Bananda also confirmed that the cash transactions of the Kogi State government and the Kogi State Government House Administration as seen in the statements of account, did not contravene the cash withdrawal policy of the CBN, the bank or any law.

The attempt by Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN) to re-examine the witness on the issue of the absence of the names of Ali Bello and Dauda Suleiman on the statements of account and the operation of a computer was overruled.

The matter was consequently adjourned to 6th February, 2024 for continuation of trial.


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