The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has concluded arrangements to arraign a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Haliru Bello Mohammed, and his son, Abbah Mohammed, for their alleged role in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal currently rocking the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
The EFCC has already filed charges against the duo at a Federal High Court, Abuja.
Though the matter is yet to be assigned to a specific judge, Mr. Mohammed, who was a Minister of Defence in the Goodluck Jonathan government, and his son are likely to be docked on a 4-count money laundering charge on Tuesday, December 29.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency yesterday arrested Abbah ahead of his arraignment but his father is said to be on admission in an Abuja hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
He was said to be too weak to report to the EFCC in preparation for his arraignment.
It would be recalled that Mohammed and his son were implicated in the N31billion slush funds distributed to some PDP stalwarts for the 2015 election campaign by the ONSA.
A former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, who is currently on trial in two separate courts in the FCT High Court of Justice, in a Statement of Witness/Caution which he wrote on oath, admitted to the EFCC that he paid out about N300 million into the account of BAM Properties, which was provided by Mr. Mohammed.
It was further learnt that about N600 million was credited to Abbah and he would have to explain in court how he came about it and the purpose of the fund.
A top level source, who is familiar with the case told The Nation: “we have reached an appreciable bend in our investigation of the former National Chairman of PDP and his son, Abbah.
“Part of the $2.1billion meant for the purchase of arms has been traced to BAM Properties through authorization by the former PDP boss.
“All is now set for the prosecution of Haliru Bello Mohammed and Abbah Mohammed for their role in the diversion of funds meant for the procurement of arms in the office of the National Security Adviser.
“The EFCC has already filed charges against the two suspects at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
“Though the matter is yet to be assigned to a specific judge, the former minister and his son are most likely to be docked on a four-count money laundering charge on Tuesday, December 29 or Wednesday December 30.
“Abbah Mohammed is alleged to have received N600m from ONSA in the name of BAM Properties”.
In response to a question, the source added: “We have already arrested Abbah in preparation for his trial. He has made a useful statement; it is left to him to prove his innocence in court.
“As for the ex-PDP National Chairman, he is hooked up in a hospital in Abuja on medical grounds. We are keeping a close tab on him, including update on his health status.
“We will however prefer charges against him and his son. We hope he will be on his feet on time for his trial”.