Alleged N3bn fraud: Court continues Ali Bello’s trial May 30
The trial of the alleged N3 billion fraud charge brought against Ali Bello, nephew of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, and three others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been adjourned to May 30 and 31.
When the matter in the suit marked ABJ/CR/573/2022 (FRN Vs. Ali Bello and 3 others) was mentioned for hearing on Tuesday, the prosecution, led by Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, called their first witness Mr Nicholas Oyemomoni, from the American International School, Abuja.
The witness could not, however, complete his testimony as the defence team, led by Abubakar Aliyu, SAN, objected to documents, that the EFCC sought to tender in evidence through the witness.
He, however, prayed the court to allow him to raise the objection in the final written address while admitting the documents provisionally.
Counsel to the prosecution, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, objected on the ground that the documents could not be provisionally admitted.
Aliyu, therefore, asked the court to allow him to address his point of objection to the documents before the documents would be admitted in evidence.
Based on health grounds, he asked the court to allow him to argue his objection at the next adjourned date.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu consequently adjourned the matter to May 30 and 31, 2023 for the continuation of trial.
The court had on 20th February granted bail to Ali Bello, alongside three others, in the sum of N500 million.