Reject EFCC’s new charge, Yahaya Bello nephew’s co-defendant tells court

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The co-defendant in the trial of ex-governor Yahaya Bello’s nephew, Ali Bello, Suleiman Daudu, on Thursday, contested the new charges brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against them.

The EFCC had on December 15, 2022, arraigned Bello and Suleiman on 10 counts of alleged misappropriation and money laundering.

The anti-graft agency accused Bello, alongside Hudu, a cashier at the Kogi State Government House who is at large of withdrawing N10 billion from the state’s treasury for personal use.

At the proceedings on Thursday, the counsel for the second defendant, Nureni Jimoh (SAN), told the court that he had filed a motion challenging the amended charges

Although the amended charges haven’t been read to the defendants for a fresh plea, the co-defendant, represented by his lawyer prayed the court to reject it.

The trial judge, James Omotoso, however, could not hear the motion due to some flaws discovered in it.

Also, the counsel for the EFCC, Oyedepo Rotimi (SAN), said he had yet to be served the motion.

Justice Omotoso subsequently ordered Jimoh to re-file the motion and bring it back to the court on February 23.

The judge expressed his commitment to resolve the motion before progressing with the trial of the defendants.

Omotoso adjourned the matter till February 23 to rule on the motion.

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