Yahaya Bello: Hearing in EFCC chair’s motion against contempt proceedings

ABUJA- Hearing of an ex-parte motion for stay of proceedings filed by EFCC Chairman, Mr Ola Olukayode, against contempt charge instituted by former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was on Monday stalled at the Court of Appeal, Abuja. The case, scheduled for today, could not proceed due to a workshop organised by the appellate court. The two-day workshop, organised by the Appeal Court on the Review of the 2023 Election Petition Tribunals/Court and Appeals, began today in Abuja. The appellate court had, on May 3, granted an ex-parte motion for stay of contempt proceedings filed by the EFCC and issued against its chairman by a Kogi State High Court. The EFCC boss, who was summoned to appear before the state’s court on May 13 to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for disobeying its orders, had appealed the ruling of the trial court and sought a stay of the proceedings of the court. The EFCC chair is facing a contempt charge for carrying out “some acts upon which they (the EFCC) have been restrained” by …

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EFCC says no shooting at pro-Yahaya Bello protesters in Abuja

ABUJA- The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has denied allegation of shooting at pro-Yahaya Bello protesters at its headquarters on Monday in Abuja Spokesman for the commission, Dele Oyewale, said this while responding to reports that the commission’s operatives attacked the protesters Mr Oyewale said that there was no shooting at any protester at the commission on Monday. He said the operatives only dispersed the protesters who went to the commission’s headquarters to disrupt activities. ”No arrests were made as claimed by the group. No two groups demonstrated at the commission today. The first group came with a letter of commendation in support of the EFCC anti-corruption fight. ”They presented their letter, which was received by the Director of Public Enlightenment Department, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, who promised to deliver their message to the chairman. Not quite after, another group came, these people were violent and destructive, the men of the commission had to chase them away. It is not true, nobody was arrested and there was no shootout,” he said. The pro-Yahaya Bello group is supporting the immediate past governor of Kogi State who …

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‘Show cause why order of committal should not be made against you’ – Kogi High Court summons EFCC Boss

By Chris Udochukwu OKENE – A Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja has ordered the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, to appear in court on May 13, 2024, to show cause why an order of committal should not be made against him for allegedly disobeying court order. The EFCC boss may be facing a contempt charge for carrying out “some acts upon which they (the EFCC) have been restrained” by the Court on February 9, 2024, pending the determination of the substantive Originating Motion. Justice I. A. Jamil, delivering a ruling in Suit No: HCL/68M/2024 and Motion No: HCL/190M/2024, held that “the said act was carried out by the Respondent (EFCC) in violation of the order, which was valid and subsisting when they carried out the act. That same act of the Respondent amounts to Contempt”. EFCC operatives had laid siege on the residence of the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, as early as 8am on April 17, 2024, with a bid to arrest him, despite a court order restraining …

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Why Yahaya Bello missed court appearance revealed

Adedayo Adedipe, a member of Yahaya Bello’s legal team, informed Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja that their client would have attended court but expressed concerns about receiving a fair hearing and justice. Adedipe relayed Bello’s message to the court following his client’s absence in court for his arraignment on Tuesday. He was absent from court for his arraignment on a 19-count charge of alleged money laundering to the tune of ₦84bn. Following his absence, Justice Nwite, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to serve a copy of the charge against him on his lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohamed. The judge relied on section 384 (4 and 5) of the Administrative and Criminal Justice Act 2015, directing the counsel to the immediate past governor, to receive a copy of the charge. The court held that where it had become impossible to effect personal service of a legal process on a defendant, such could be done through substituted means. Justice Nwite further held that it was clear that the former governor failed to appear in court for …

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‘It’s shameful’ Activist, Joe reacts after EFCC declared Yahaya Bello wanted

Human rights activist Comrade Israel Joe has said it is shameful for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to declare the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, wanted. In a statement he signed and made available to DAILY POST on Monday, he said, “It tells Nigerians that EFCC has not grown to a point of intelligence investigations.” He said the EFCC should know his hideout and smoke him out and not make a mess of the collective sensibilities of Nigerians. “Yahaya Bello is not a small child who could just be concealed somewhere. “They should work with the DSS and Police to get his actual location and arrest him. “They expect Nigerians to give them information? Is Yahaya Bello in the streets or village? They know where he is but lack the courage and morale to go get him,” he added. He noted that the security agencies do not work in synergy pointing out that “It creates more danger to our teeming democracy. Some persons with immunity have always prevented security agencies from doing their jobs.” “The current …

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Yahaya Bello asks Abuja court to set aside EFCC’s arrest warrant against him

ABUJA- The Immediate past governor of Kogi State,Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja to set aside an arrest warrant issued against him. Mr Bello, through his lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohammed, SAN, told Justice Emeka Nwite that the court lacked jurisdiction to grant the order in the first instance. Mr Mohammed told Justice Nwite when the matter was called for the ex-governor to be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 19-count bordering on money laundering. Justice Nwite on Wednesday ordered that EFCC should be issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr Bello. The judge, who granted the order, directed that Mr Bello should be brought to court today to take his plea in the charge preferred against him. Mr Mohammed informed the court that a preliminary objection had already been filed before the court to the effect. The lawyer, who urged the court to vacate the arrest warrant order, said a High Court of Kogi had on February 9 restrained the anti-graft agency from arresting, detaining or prosecuting Mr Bello. He said the order …

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Ododo: EFCC spits fire, vows never to tolerate obstruction of its operations

By Simon Akwu ABUJA – Shortly after the Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo, helped his predecessor, Yahaya Bello to escape arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has issued a stern warning to members of the public, vowing that it will no longer tolerate obstruction of its operations forthwith. In a statement signed by the Head,  Media & Publicity, Dele Oyewale , the EFCC reechoed that it is a criminal offence to obstruct officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. According to the statement, section 38(2)(a(b) of the EFCC Establishment Act makes it an offence to prevent officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. Adding that culprits risk a jail term of not less than five years. “This warning becomes necessary against the background of the increasing tendency by persons and groups under investigation by the Commission to take the laws into their hands by recruiting thugs to obstruct lawful operations of the EFCC, Oyewale said. “On several occasions, operatives of the Commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such …

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Alleged N80bn Money Laundering: EFCC Set to arraign Yahaya Bello April 18

By Simon Akwu ABUJA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will on Thursday, (today) April 18, 2024 arraign a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza  Bello before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. According to.the statement released via the official X account of the Commission, Bello will be arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite alongside three other suspects, Ali Bello, Dauda Suleiman and Abdulsalam Hudu on 19-count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N80,246,470,088.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand and Eight Nine Naira, Eighty Eight Kobo). Bello’s arraignment is coming on the heels of a warrant of arrest and enrolment order granted the EFCC by the court on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.  Count one of the charges reads: That you, Yahaya Adoza Bello, Ali Bello, Dauda Suliman, and Abdulsalam Hudu (Still at large), sometime, in February, 2016, in Abuja within the jurisdiction  of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to convert the total sum of N80,246,470,088.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand …

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Ex-Gov. Yahaya Bello kicks as EFCC visits his Abuja residence

ABUJA- Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) laid siege to the residence of former Kogi governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in Wuse, Abuja on Wednesday. The state’s sitting governor and Bello’s successor, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo and his motorcade were seen around the premises. One of the operatives told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the action had to do with money-laundering charges levelled against the erstwhile governor. EFCC’s spokesman, Mr Dele Oyewale, could not be reached to confirm the claim. In March, the EFCC dragged Bello and three alleged accomplices before Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on an amended charge of N84 billion money laundering. Reacting to EFCC’s move of Wednesday, the media office of the ex-governor condemned the action and urged President Bola Tinubu to caution the EFCC. It stated that: “the presence of EFCC’s operatives in Bello’s residence negated an injunction granted by the High Court of Justice, Lokoja Division, on Feb. 9.’’ It added that the court granted the injunction in Suit No. HCL/68M/2024 between Bello and the EFCC restraining …

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Alleged N84bn fraud: Declare Yahaya Bello wanted now – Okai tells EFCC

The House of Representatives candidate for Dekina/Bassa in the 2023 elections, Usman Okai, on Saturday called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to declare former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello wanted over the misappropriation of funds. Okai also issued a fervent call to safeguard the interests of the people of Kogi State regarding the misappropriation of funds by Bello. He said despite the arduous task of protecting the state, it is imperative not to overlook the plight of civil servants grappling with the repercussions of fiscal misdeeds. Recall that on August 31, 2021, Justice Tijani Garba Ringim, a vacation judge, had ordered the freezing of the account following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-graft agency, in a 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the ex-parte application, had stated that it received credible and direct intelligence, which led to the tracing of funds reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities in an account No. 0073572696 domiciled in Sterling Bank Plc with the name Kogi State Salary Bailout Account. Moving the application …

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Commotion as EFCC joins force with Kogi ex-gov, Bello in amended N100bn corruption case

There was confusion on Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, following amended charges filed against Alli Bello and Daudu Suleiman, including the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. According to reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the amended charge claimed they allegedly diverted about N100 billion belonging to the state government in September 2015, months before former Governor Bello assumed office as Governor. Governor Bello was not a defendant in the original suit, and was not in court. However, Ali Bello, currently Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor and Dauda Suleman have denied the fraud allegations in the amended charges brought against them at their fresh arraignment on Thursday in Abuja. Their plea was taken by Justice James Kolawole Omotoso. Both Alli Bello and Dauda Suleman vehemently denied the allegations contained in the 17-count amended charges. Earlier, Alli Bello through his counsel, A.M. Aliyu, SAN, had objected to reading of the amended charges to his client. His ground of objection was that the anti-graft agency had failed woefully to comply with Section …

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Ododo Sworn In As New Kogi State Governor

By Chris Udochukwu Precise Post can authoritatively report that Usman Ododo has been sworn in as the new Governor of Kogi State. He took over from Yahaya Bello who has completed his second term in office. Ododo took the oath of office at around 2:24 pm at in Lokoja on Saturday (today). His inauguration came just minutes after Salifu Joel Oyibo took his oath of office as the deputy governor of Kogi State. With his swearing in, Ododo becomes 5th Executive Governor of Kogi state. The event had in attendance the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, the Ododo’s predecessor, Yahaya Bello and top members of the All Progressives Congress.

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Bello hails Armed Forces for keeping Nigeria one

LOKOJA- Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, has commended the Armed Forces for their effort in keeping Nigeria as one country.He said this at the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Parade in Lokoja.Bello, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Folashade Ayoade, showered encomium on members of the Armed Forces for their sacrifice toward keeping the nation one.He paid special tributes to those who paid the supreme sacrifice in military expeditions within the country and across the globe.The governor celebrated the efforts of men and women of the armed forces who fought to keep the nation one, and praised them for their dedication and valor.Bello emphasised the importance of remembering and honoring the sacrifices made by these brave men and women.“We must ensure that their legacy lives on,” he said.The governor appreciated President Bola Tinubu, for his effort toward addressing the security challenges bedeviling the nation.Bello admonished well-meaning citizens to see the welfare of the ex-servicemen and women as well as the families of the fallen heroes as a collective responsibility to enhance their standard of living.The Chairman …

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Court admits exhibits against Gov Bello’s nephew over alleged N10 billion stolen from Kogi account

ABUJA-A prosecution witness in the trial of Ali Bello, nephew of Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and two others, who are standing trial in a N10 billion money laundering case, on Thursday, January 11, 2023, told Justice James Omotsho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, that huge funds were transferred in tranches from the accounts of Kogi state government and that of the state’s government House Administration account in suspicious transactions. The defendants are being prosecuted on 10-count charges bordering on misappropriation and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The witness, Bananda Edward, a Compliance Officer with United Bank of Africa, UBA, led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, presented a statement of account generated from UBA in respect of transactions in the state government and state government’s house administration accounts. In the statement of accounts, there were cash withdrawals on December 23, 2022, to tune of N20 million which were withdrawn in tranches of N10 million each from the Kogi State Government account in favour of Kudu Abdulsalam. Oyedepo moved to tender …

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Minutes after visiting Gov Bello with colleagues in Govt House, thugs attack Kogi senator

KOGI- Six persons have been arrested for allegedly harassing Kogi East senator, Jubrin Echocho, who was on a courtesy visit to Governor Yahaya Bello at the Lugard House office, Lokoja, on Tuesday. Disclosing this on Wednesday, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, in a statement, said the governor subsequently banned unauthorised persons from accessing the Government House and called for the arrest and immediate prosecution of the culprits. According to him, the state’s lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives visited the governor to congratulate him on the peaceful and credible conduct of the November 11 governorship election and to pledge their loyalty to him and the incoming administration. “Information just got to me as I left the office to the residence that one man called Suleiman and others embarrassed Senator Jubrin Echocho in the Government House. I’ve directed CSO to arrest all those involved in such a stupid act and bring them to justice immediately. I will never condone acts of hooliganism and indiscipline,” Mr Mohammed said. Narrating to Daily Trust how thugs attacked him inside the …

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NASS members laud Bello’s peaceful conduct of Governorship election in Kogi

LOKOJA- The members of the National Assembly from Kogi on  Tuesday, commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for superintending over a “peaceful and credible Nov 11, 2023 Governorship election’ in the state. The lawmakers, comprising Senators (excluding Sen. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan of PDP) and members of the House of Representatives, made the commendation at a courtesy visit to  the governor at the Government House, Lokoja. A statement by the governor’s Media Aide, Onogwu Muhammed, said the lawmakers  congratulated the governor on “the resounding victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the emergence of Usman Ododo as Governor-elect of Kogi. According to the lawmakers,  the November election was adjudged peaceful, credible, free and fair by local and international observers. Speaking one after the other, Sen. Jibrin Isah-Echocho (APC-Kogi) representing Kogi East, commended Bello for his sterling leadership, which paved the way for the resounding victory. He pledged the unalloyed loyalty of the lawmakers to the governor and the governor-elect. Sen.  Sunday Karimi lauded the governor’s ingenuity and called for magnanimity in putting the election’s challenges behind with a view to expanding APC’s space …

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