Mohammed Bello, former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is currently in court 7 of the federal high court, Abuja, in a wheel chair.
Bello, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for corruption, was brought into the court a few minutes past 10am. He clutched a string of praying beads and a walking stick, and would intermittently mutter words to himself. Bello’s son, Abba, who is being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, was also present in court, flanked by two EFCC operatives.
Bello and his son pleaded not guilty to four counts of criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N300m preferred against them by EFCC. The former national chairman of the PDP took his plea reclining in the wheel chair while his son stood in the accused box.
Bello is among those being prosecuted by the EFCC for complicity in the arms purchase scandal. The anti-graft agency in December 2015 arraigned Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA); Bashir Yuguda, former minister of state for finance; and Attahiru Bafarawa, former Sokoto state governor, at the federal capital territory high court, Abuja, for multiple counts of alleged criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and money laundering.
Bello is alleged to have received N300m meant for the purchase of arms from Dasuki. He is a former defence minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and was appointed acting national chairman of the PDP in May, 2015.