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Money laundering: Court adjourns Ali Bello, co-defendant’s case till June 19

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the trial of Ali Bello, the younger brother of former governor Yahaya Bello, and Daudu Sulaiman to June 19.

Ali Bello and Dauda Suleiman face a 10-count money laundering charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice James Omotosho set the new date after the EFCC presented evidence.

During the session, the EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, called Olom Otane Egoro, an Access Bank employee, as a witness. Egoro confirmed the EFCC requested the Kogi State Government House bank statement from 2018 to 2021 and related documents. These documents were submitted as evidence.

Counsel for both defendants, Abubakar Aliyu and Olusegun Jolaawo, noted objections to the documents’ admissibility but chose to address these later.

Egoro reviewed the account statement, noting transactions but did not specify the nature or parties involved in the deposits and withdrawals.

The trial was initially set for May 7, but Aliyu requested a postponement due to health reasons, which the court granted, also setting June 20 for further proceedings.