Kogi Fraud: Political Activist Issues Strong Warning to EFCC Over Bello, “Don’t Betray Nigerians”

Kogi Fraud: Political Activist Issues Strong Warning to EFCC Over Bello, “Don’t Betray Nigerians”

  • A political activist has condemned the EFCC's alleged game with the immediate past former governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello
  • Comrade Usman Okai Austin urged the anti-graft agency not to betray the trust of Nigerians even as the people of Kogi demand answers from Bello on how he governed the state for eight years
  • Legit.ng reports that on April 18, the EFCC declared Bello wanted over an alleged N80 billion financial crime, but Bello is yet to appear in court for scheduled arraignments

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

A Kogi state political activist, Comrade Usman Okai Austin, has faulted the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s delay at the Federal High Court.

He questioned the agency's commitment to justice in the ongoing case against former Governor Yahaya Bello.

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EFCC told to act fast in Yahaya Bello's case
EFCC chairman Ola Olukoyede, Kogi state political activist, Comrade Usman Okai Austin and Yahaya Bello. Photo credit: EFCC, Usman Okai Austin, Alhaji Yahaya Bello
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Okai, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, June 13, urged the EFCC to uphold its integrity, reminding them that the public's trust is at stake.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed former Governor Bello had used media manipulation to intimidate top figures, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and to discredit the EFCC.

He, however, insisted that the public would not tolerate any soft approach from the anti-corruption agency, which had previously shown determination to prosecute Bello.

Alleged N80bn fraud: Why EFCC must act fast

Okai emphasized that yielding to political pressure or media campaigns would be a betrayal of public trust.

He recalled the EFCC chairman, Ola Olukoyede, vowed to resign if the embattled Bello was not prosecuted. He noted that the agency had not enforced the existing arrest warrant despite knowing Bello’s whereabouts.

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Speaking on people's demands, Okai said Nigerians, especially those from Kogi state, are eagerly anticipating the EFCC's actions in the case against Yahaya Bello.

Okai stressed that the EFCC must resist media blackmail and political pressure to ensure justice is served.

"Anything less would undermine the fight against corruption and betray public trust," he stated.

Why EFCC finds it difficult to arrest Yahaya Bello

Legit.ng reported earlier that the EFCC said it was finding it difficult to arrest Yahaya Bello because of the ‘system’

The EFCC acting zonal director, Benin zonal command, Effa Okim, said Bello, who is accused of N80.2bn fraud, is being protected by the ‘system’.

Okim stated this during a familiarisation visit to the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) in Asaba on Monday, June 12.

Proofreading by Nkem Ikeke, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.