BREAKING: Confusion as EFCC Obtains Warrant To Arrest Former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

BREAKING: Confusion as EFCC Obtains Warrant To Arrest Former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

  • Nigeria's top anti-graft agency, EFCC, has obtained a warrant of arrest against former Kogi governor Yahaya Bello
  • Justice Emeka Nwite of the federal high court, Abuja, permitted the EFCC to arrest Bello ahead of his arraignment
  • reports that the EFCC’s longtime interest in Bello led to the filing of corruption charges against the APC chieftain journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism and governance.

FCT, Abuja - The federal high court, Abuja, has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to arrest the former governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello.

According to Channels Television, this is preparatory to Bello's arraignment on Thursday, April 18.

EFCC determined to arrest Yahaya Bello
EFCC now has a warrant of arrest against Yahaya Bello. Photo credit: Sheikh Muhammad Abacha Omadivi
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Justice Emeka Nwite granted the warrant on Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2024, at the instance of the EFCC.

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The Nation newspaper also noted the development.

This is as a Kogi state high court in a conflicting ruling restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining or prosecuting the ex-governor.

Recall that the EFCC alleged that Bello and other suspects diverted about N100 billion belonging to the Kogi government.

Responding to the EFCC charge, the Kogi government said funds belonging to the state did not go missing under the former governor.

Despite Bello's plea to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene, the Nigerian leader has refused to get himself involved in the matter.

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Meanwhile, the EFCC has said it will no longer tolerate obstruction of its operations across the country.

The agency's warning comes hours after Bello was whisked away from his Abuja residence by his successor, Governor Ahmed Ododo on Wednesday, April 17.

In a statement signed by Dele Oyewale, its spokesperson, the EFCC said it is a criminal offence to obstruct its officers from carrying out their duties.


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