EFCC: Appeal Court Overturns Court Order, Rules Against Yahaya Bello

Court Rejects To Hear EFCC Appeal Against Order Stopping Yahaya Bello’s Arrest

by Victor Ndubuisi

The appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a Kogi High Court ruling prohibiting the anti-graft agency from detaining the governor-elect, Yahaya Bello, was not heard by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday.

In a decision on April 17, the Kogi court disallowed the EFCC’s ability to take Bello into custody and bring charges against him.

In a two-hour ruling handed out in suit no. HCL/68/M/2020 on Wednesday in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, the judge, I.A. Jamil, issued the order.

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The decision was made at the same time that EFCC agents broke into Bello’s Abuja residence in an attempt to take him into custody.


The former governor is being sought to be charged by the EFCC on 19 counts related to purported money laundering, violations of trust and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2billion.

The same day, the anti-graft agency went to the Federal High Court in Abuja to request an arrest warrant for Bello in an effort to force him to appear in court for his claimed offence.

After the EFCC filed an ex parte motion, the warrant was issued.

Justice Emeka Nwite ordered the former governor to appear before him on Thursday, April 18, for arraignment, in addition to ruling on the motion.

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He said, “It is hereby ordered as follows: That an order of this honourable court is hereby made directing and/or issuing a warrant for the immediate arrest of the defendant to bring him before this honourable court for arraignment.

“That case is adjourned until April 18 for arraignment.”



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