BREAKING: Kogi High Court Restrains EFCC From Arresting, Detaining, Prosecuting Yahaya Bello

BREAKING: Kogi High Court Restrains EFCC From Arresting, Detaining, Prosecuting Yahaya Bello

  • The Kogi high court has restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining and prosecuting former governor of the state, Yahaya Bello
  • The anti-graft agency attempted to arrest Bello on Wednesday, April 17, for arraignment over alleged fraud
  • reports that Justice I.A. Jamil held that infringing on embattled Bello's rights is unacceptable journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Lokoja, Kogi state - A state high court sitting in Lokoja on Wednesday, April 17, restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the former governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello.

As reported by Channels Television, Justice I.A Jamil of High Court IV gave the order in a two-hour judgement delivered in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.

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Court restrains EFCC from arresting, detaining, and prosecuting Yahaya Bello. Photo credit: Alhaji Yahaya Bello
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Vanguard newspaper also noted the development.

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The judge said infringing on the fundamental human rights of the immediate governor of Kogi state is null and void except as authorised by the court.

He said:

“By this order, the EFCC is hereby restrained from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant except as authorised by the Court.
“This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given."

Speaking to journalists shortly after the judgement, the applicant's lawyers, S.A. Abbas and MS Yusuf described the judgment as a landmark and a victory for the judiciary.

It is not immediately clear if this Justice Jamil's order will stand the EFCC is determined to arraign Bello on Thursday, April 18.

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

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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