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

UPDATE: CSOs Condemns EFCC Action on Yahaya Bello

by Victor Ndubuisi

Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi, is the target of law enforcement difficulties, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has used anti-democratic measures against her, according to the Coalition of Anti-Corruption Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

The EFCC’s notice, which stated that Bello was sought for charges “in connection with an alleged case of money laundering to the tune of N80.2bn,” is what sparked this event.

The troubled former governor was additionally added to the Nigerian Immigration Service’s watch list, and Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun withdrew all police officers assigned to him.

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But the more than 120 CSOs, together with their members and supporters, criticised the Federal Government’s activities in the ongoing conflict between the EFCC and the former governor as they took to the streets of Lagos on Saturday.


The following CSOs led the press conference: Gbenga Soloki (CADOV), Ochiaga Ohaneze (Ohaneze Youth Council), Funmi Jolade (Women Democratic Vanguard), Declan Ihekhaire (Activists for Good Governance), and Debo Adeniran, Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership part of CSOs.

Speaking about the matter, Adeniran stated that Bello was not invited by the EFCC, proving that the claim that he avoided being arrested was untrue.

In his words, “Someone who was never invited, who has a valid court order restraining his arrest and harassment, among other reliefs, until the determination of the court case, could not be said to be evading arrest. It is deliberate misinformation to turn the public against the governor.

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“If the FG continues in its iniquitous way of trampling on the rule of law by undermining our judicial system, we will mobilise a much larger number of Nigerians to join this pro-democracy struggle. It concerns all Nigerians because we don’t know who the next victim may be.”

“There is no point in endangering anyone’s life unnecessarily because that’s the situation we believe that Yahaya Bello is in now. If the government doesn’t handle this matter carefully, it may shoot itself in the foot and put all Nigerians in collective injury.

“We have been on the side of the EFCC in many cases without gratification or prompting. But in this case, we insist that the EFCC is disregarding the rule of law and creating room for anarchy. And this must not be allowed to stand,” Adeniran added.



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