Born in Okene, Kogi State on Septemeber 12, 1965. Abdul-Lateef Bello attended LSMB School, Agassa- Okene for his primary school education from 1972 to 1977, Abdulaziz Atta Memorial College (AAAM College), Okene (1977-1982), Kwara State Polytechic for his “A” Levels (1982-85) and Bayero University (1986-1989), from where he bagged the BSc (Hons) in Sociology in the Second Class (Upper Division). He also holds the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Development Studies (Human Resource and Employment) from The Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands (2002-2003). His working career started with the NYSC in Sokoto where he was a Mobilization Officer with the Directorate of Social Mobilization (1989-1990).
Thereafter, he took up employment as Planning Officer II with the Federal Capital Development Authority (Budget and Planning Division) in 1991, where his duties included formulating socio economic development policies and programmes; project monitoring and evaluation; as well as preparation of rolling plans and plan implementation. He was there till 1992 and, the following year, moved to the Department of Administration of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) as Assistant Secretary, Departmental Tenders Board, with responsibility for co-ordination of tenders and tendering procedures.
In 1995, he became the Personal Assistant to the Director of Finance and Accounts, FCDA. His duties included giving administrative back-up for the Department, handling memos and report-writing, co-ordination of departmental meetings; and other administrative duties.
From 2005 to 2008, he was the Personal Assistant to the FCT Director of Treasury and 2008-2010, PA to the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister (Budgets). Between 2010 and 2011, he was Personal Assistant to the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister (Finance and Economic Matters), and became Assistant Director Admin and Finance (Security Service Department of the FCT) in January 2012. He became Deputy Director in 2016 and Director in January 2019, a position he still holds till today.
Along the line, Mr Bello held a number of ad-hoc jobs, including those of Administrative Secretary to the Task Force on Recovery of Government Quarters (1992-1993); Supporting Staff, Presidential Committee on Future Administration of Abuja (1993); Assistant Secretary, Task Force on National Assembly Housing Project (Oct. 1993/1994), which body was saddled with the determination and supervision of contracts of Apo Legislative Quarters; Assistant Secretary, Administrative Panel on Karshi Crisis (April 1995); Member, Ministerial Committee on Fact Finding and the Way Forward on Apo Resettlement Scheme (2012), Assistant Secretary, FCT Security Committee (2011-2019); and Secretary, Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Damages and Loss of Lives during the #ENDSARS Protest in FCT, Abuja (Nov. 2020).
A man of outstanding recognition and honour, Abdul-Lateef Bello has various academic and honorary awards, including University scholarship for 1987/88 and 1988/89 sessions; Netherlands Fellowship (2002-03); Merit Award in recognition of ATGO and Ebira youths by the Amenwunyi Theatre Group in Oct. 2008; Humanitarian Award (in recognition of humanitarian gesture towards individuals and organisation) by the Nigerian Sociology and Anthropology Students’ Association of Ebira Students (Feb. 2010); Prestigious Merit Award from the National Association of Ebira Students, University of Abuja Branch (2011); Late Senator A. T. Ahmed Foundation Recognition Award (2014); Omoye Clan Prestigious Son Award (2019); and Sir Ahmadu Bello Platinum Leadership Award 2020, by Northern Youth Council of Nigeria.
He has attended various seminars, both locally and internationally, including Effective Budgeting Design and Implementation Control, by The Global Managers (2010); The Roles of Intelligence Gathering and Information Processing in Security Policy Implementations, by IIPS (2012); Chemical/Biological Terrorism: A Proactive Approach, by IIPS (2014); Managing Security Emergencies by IIPS (2005); The Security of Business and the Business of Security, by IIPS (2017); and Security Surveillance Information System Security and Security Intelligence, by Startpreneurs (2019). His international programmes include the International Retreat on Effective Productivity Model for Administrative Staff, Protocol Staff and Secretarial Staff in Cotonou, Republic of Benin (2006); Job evaluation and Workforce Development Planning, by RIPA International and three others by the same organisation in the UK in 2007; 2010; 2010 and 2011 respectively, Close Protection and Intelligence Course in Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); Defence against Terrorism, Kidnapping and Drugs; The Links and Antidotes, by ISA Switzerland and AVS Worldwide UK in collaboration with IIPS (Manchester, UK) in 2018; and International Association of Chief of Police Meeting/Seminars in the USA (2020).
Bello is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management; Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK; as well as Fellow, International Institute of Professional Security and Institute of Corporate Administration. A man of peace and love for his people, he has some published works and made paper presentations to douse tension among his people. These include: Peace in Ebiraland: Reality or Myth, Ebiraland: What Went Wrong? (1&2), Leadership: The Bane of Crisis in Ebiraland; and Sustainable Peace in Ebiraland: Way Forward.
He was the Chairman, Omaye-Oju Reconcilation Forum (2008-2010) and Patron, Movement 4 Change Initiative, Kogi Central.