Former ruling party chairman, Haliru appears in court

Barth Ikiebe, Abuja.

Haliru appears in court in a wheelchair

A Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria, Dr Haliru Mohammed, has appeared in court over charges of corruption.

Recall that the arraignment of Dr Mohammed Haliru at a Federal High Court Abuja was on Wednesday, December, 30 but was stalled due to ill-health.

Dr Mohammed, an ex-chairman of the PDP and former minister of Defence, who came in a wheel chair, alongside his son, Abbah Mohammed, were alleged to have aided in the diversion of funds slated for arms procurement by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The charge sheet, a four-count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was scheduled for the day he appeared in court in December.

Abbah Mohammed is alleged to have received N600 million from Dasuki’s office on behalf of BAM Projects & Properties Limited, an Abuja-based realty company.

Abbah Mohammed was arrested by the EFCC on November 30 last year, along with Bashir Yuguda, who is the former minister of State for Finance; Sagir Bafarawa, son of the former Sokoto state Governor Attahiru Bafarawa; and Shuaibu Salisu, the director of finance in the office of the former NSA.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had directed Nigerian commercial banks to freeze the accounts of some suspects involved in the arms procurement scandal that has been traced to Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser.