JUST IN: EFCC Reacts After Ododo Smuggles Yahaya Bello Out of Ex Gov's Abuja Residence Amid Gunshots

JUST IN: EFCC Reacts After Ododo Smuggles Yahaya Bello Out of Ex Gov's Abuja Residence Amid Gunshots

  • The EFCC on Wednesday, April 13, laid siege to the Abuja residence of a former governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello
  • Legit.ng reports that the anti-graft agency attempted to arrest Bello for arraignment over alleged fraud
  • After Governor Ahmed Ododo whisked his mentor away, the EFCC warned members of the public that “it is a criminal offence to obstruct officers of the commission from carrying out their lawful duties”

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

FCT, Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it will no longer tolerate obstruction of its operations.

The agency's warning comes hours after the embattled former governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, was whisked away from his Abuja residence by his successor, Governor Ahmed Ododo on Wednesday, April 17.

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EFCC now has a warrant of arrest against Yahaya Bello. Photo credit: Sheikh Muhammad Abacha Omadivi.
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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.

EFCC said:

"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.
"On several occasions, operatives of the commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such provocation to avoid a breakdown of law and order."

EFCC arraigns Yahaya Bello April 18

Meanwhile, the EFCC will on Thursday, April 18, 2024 arraign Bello before a federal high court in Abuja.

He will be arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite alongside three other accused persons: Ali Bello, Dauda Suleiman and Abdulsalam Hudu on 19-count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N80,246,470.

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Bello’s arraignment is coming on the heels of a warrant of arrest and enrolment order granted to the EFCC by the court on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

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EFCC operatives lay siege on Bello's house

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that EFCC personnel laid siege to arrest Bello.

The anti-graft agency operatives stormed the former governor's residence in Wuse Zone 4, federal capital territory (FCT).

Source: Legit.ng

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