Duncan David Oluohu, counsel for former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bello Mohammed, has stated that the former party chair can no longer walk as a result of paralysis.
Oluohu disclosed this on Tuesday at the resumption of hearing in the alleged N300m fraud case brought against him, his late son, Abba Mohammed and a firm, Bam Projects and Property Ltd by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Earlier in January 2016, the EFCC had arraigned the three for allegedly receiving N300 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser former, under retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, for the PDP’s 2015 campaigns.
On Tuesday, when the case was mentioned, Akeem Bakare, who appeared for the second defendant (Bam Projects and Property Ltd) told the court that, although the case was scheduled for continuation of trial, the first defendant had died.
Bakare said Abba’s death, which occurred on January 6 had further worsened the deceased’s father’s health condition adding that a copy of the death certificate had been handed to the prosecution.
On the situation, Oluohu further disclosed that the third defendant Haliru Mohammed has suffered a stroke as a result of his son’s death.
He said, “He is currently paralysed and can’t walk. That is why he is not in court today.”
The prosecuting lawyer, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, confirmed the development in relation to the first defendant, adding that the defence served him a photocopy of the first defendant’s death certificate shortly before the commencement of the court’s proceedings.
He prayed the court to strike out Abba’s name from the charge and to adjourn to a later date for the trial continuation of the remaining defendants.
Following this, the judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, adjourned the continuation of the trial till March 28.