Admin l Thursday, December 15, 2022
ABUJA, Nigeria – A Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja todayremanded Ali Bello, one of the nephews of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
He was remanded in prison by Justice James Kolawole Omotosho following his arraignment with one Dauda Sulaiman.
Ali Bello, Dauda Sulaiman and one Abdulsalami Hudu, Cashier of the Kogi State Government House ( now at large) were arraigned on a 10-count charge of misappropriation and money laundering
Bello and Sulaiman are accused of fraudulently withdrawing a sum of N10, 270,556,800, from the Kogi State treasury, which they delivered to a Bureau de Change operator, Rabiu Tafada in Abuja to keep or change to foreign currencies for personal gains.
One of the charges reads: “That you, ALI BELLO, DAUDA SULEIMAN AND ABDULSALAMI HUDU (NOW AT LARGE)between January and December, 2021, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court procured RABIU USMAN TAFADA to take possession of the total sum of N5,865,756,800 (Five Billion, Eight Hundred and Sixty Five Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira), which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of unlawful activity to wit: criminal misappropriation from the treasury of Kogi State and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18 (c), 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act”.