EFCC Withdraws Appeal Against Former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Details Emerge

EFCC Withdraws Appeal Against Former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Details Emerge

  • The EFCC has approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to withdraw the appeal it filed to set aside the interim injunction that barred it from arresting Yahaya Bello for trial
  • In its notice of discontinuance, the anti-graft agency explained the reason for its decision to terminate further proceedings on the appeal
  • Legit.ng reports that the EFCC has already charged the former Kogi governor with 19 counts of money laundering, but has been unable to prosecute him due to difficulties in arresting him

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FCT, Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has filed a notice of withdrawal to halt an appeal against an order of a Kogi high court restraining the agency from arresting Yahaya Bello, the immediate past governor of the state.

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In the notice filed on Monday, April 22, and signed by its counsel, J.S Okutepa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the EFCC said the withdrawal is predicated on the fact that events have overtaken the appeal, Daily Trust reported.

Yahaya Bello: EFCC withdraws case at Appeal Court
The EFCC is after Yahaya Bello. Photo credits: @OfficialGYBKogi, @officialEFCC
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The commission also admitted that the appeal was filed out of the time allowed by law, according to Channels Television.

A copy of the EFCC's notice of discontinuance partly reads:

"The Appellant herein intends to and do hereby wholly withdraw her appeal against the respondent in the above-mentioned appeal.
“This notice of withdrawal is predicated on the fact that; on the 17th April 2024, the application filed by the appellant herein was overtaken by the decision of the same high court of Kogi state in the case of Alhaji Yahaya Bello Vs EFCC- Suit No: HCL/68m/2024, per A. I. Jamil."

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kayode Egbetokun, inspector-general of police (IGP), withdrew all police officers attached to Bello.

The directive was contained in a police message.

The document has a reference number, CB:4001/DOPS/PMF/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.48/ 34.

Source: Legit.ng

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