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Abuja Court Fixes May 30-31 for hearing of N3 bln fraud case against Kogi gov’s nephew

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed May 30 and 31 for the continuation of the trial of Ali Bello, a nephew to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over N3 billion fraud.

Bello was arraigned alongside two others at the Federal High Court on 18 charges of money laundering and misappropriation of about N3 billion.

The two other co-defendants are Abba Adauda, Yakubu Adabenege, and Iyada Sadat. Another defendant, Rashida Bello, is at large.

When the matter was called last Tuesday, the prosecution, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, called the first witness, Nicholas Oyemomoni, of the American International School, Abuja.

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Oyemomoni, however, could not complete his testimony because the defense team, led by Abubakar Aliyu, objected to documents that the EFCC sought to tender in evidence through him.

Aliyu prayed the court to allow him to raise the objection in his final written address while admitting the documents provisionally.

The prosecuting counsel objected to this on the grounds that the documents could not be provisionally admitted.

The judge, Obiora Egwuatu thereafter adjourned the matter until May 30 and 31, 2023, for the continuation of the trial.

It would also be recalled that the court admitted Bello and three others to bail on February 20, 2023, for the sum of N500 million.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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