EFCC Allegations Against Former Kogi Governor Spark Controversy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegations against former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, have ignited controversy, with conflicting claims and protests emerging.

According to EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, investigations revealed that Bello withdrew $720,000 from the state’s coffers to pay his child’s school fees. Despite invitations for clarification, Bello has not honored them, prompting the EFCC’s actions.

Bello, however, maintains that the EFCC’s attempt to arrest and prosecute him violates a court order restraining the anti-graft agency. This has led to a standoff between Bello and the EFCC, with the former governor in hiding.

In response, Kogi youths protested against the EFCC’s actions, causing disruptions on major roads. They argue that the EFCC’s move against Bello is constitutional, given the alleged fraud uncovered.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned Bello’s request to lift the arrest warrant until May 10. His lawyer argues that the arrest warrant was obtained in breach of the law, while the EFCC maintains its stance.

Additionally, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) disowned a protest by lawyers over the EFCC’s approach, stating that the protesters were not lawyers.


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