The Federal High court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to former PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, and his son, currently facing trial for alleged money laundering.
The presiding judge, Ahmed Mohammed, ruled that the defendants will however provide the sum of N300 million each, among other conditions for their bail.
Mr. Mohammed said the affidavits before the court showed that the first and third defendants claims of ill health were not false.
Mr. Mohammed said both the applicants for bail, and the respondent, in their affidavits, admitted that the offences were bailable.
He noted that the court could not therefore presume that the allegations were capital offences.
Mr. Mohammed further said Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act provide that a defendant facing such a trial shall upon his plea for bail be granted bail except there is ample evidence that he will impede the course of justice, or that he is not honest, in the claims included as part of grounds for the bail application.
He noted that the first defendant, Abba Mohammed is said to have bronchial asthma, while his father has an injury in the spinal cord.
“Then it will be most unfair to refuse the bail application,” Mr. Mohammed said
He therefore granted father and son bail on the following grounds.
– That they both provide the sum of N300 million, and two sureties.
– For Abba, the first surety must be a civil servant not below level 12, while the second one must have properties in Abuja worth the sum mentioned as condition for bail (N300 million).
– The former PDP chairman’s first surety must however be a director.
– That both defendants must submit their travelling documents to the court.
– And they will swear an affidavit that the properties by the sureties are worth the amount for the bail, while titled documents for the said properties will remain in the custody of the court registrar till the end of trial.
Mr. Mohammed further ruled that Abba be remanded in Kuje prison until he fulfils the bail condition while Mr. his father should remain under the watch of the Inspector General of police, while receiving treatment.
The sitting was adjourned till February 16 for commencement of trial.
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