How Mr Yahaya Bello withdrew $720,000 from Kogi state govt account to pay child’s school fees – EFCC

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EFCC Accuses Former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello of Withdrawing $720,000 for School Fees

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alleged that Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi State, withdrew $720,000 from a government account to pay school fees, as revealed by EFCC boss Ola Olukoyede.

This disclosure comes in the wake of the EFCC declaring the fugitive ex-governor wanted.

Bello had previously expressed his readiness to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja to address the 19-count charge filed against him by the EFCC.

Although absent from his arraignment, Bello briefed his legal team, led by Mr. Adeola Adedipe, SAN, who represented him in court on Tuesday.

Adedipe, SAN, informed the court that Bello wished to attend the proceedings but harbored fears of arrest due to an outstanding arrest warrant against him.

“The defendant wants to come to court but he is afraid that there is an order of arrest hanging over his head,” Adedipe, SAN, stated.

Consequently, Bello’s legal team urged the court to set aside the ex parte order of arrest, contending that it was issued before the charge was served on him as required by law.

In addition to his absence, Bello reiterated his stance that the EFCC is an illegal organization. He argued that the EFCC Act, enacted by the National Assembly, required ratification by the Houses of Assembly of all states, as stipulated in Section 12 of the 1999 Constitution.

However, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, urged the court to dismiss Bello’s application, asserting that the arrest warrant should remain in effect until the defendant appears for trial.

Furthermore, EFCC emphasized that the legality of its operations had been settled by the Supreme Court. The agency clarified that the charges were not against a state or House of Assembly but against an individual accused of laundering public funds.

The EFCC assured the court that it would not execute the arrest warrant if Bello’s counsel undertook to ensure his presence on the next adjourned date, with Pinheiro, SAN, expressing readiness to apply for the warrant’s discharge upon receipt of such an assurance.


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