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Money Laundering Allegation: Yahaya Bello absent as court adjourns case

The Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the case against Yahaya Bello, former governor of Kogi; Alli Bello, Chief of Staff to Usman Ododo, governor of Kogi; and one Daudu Suleiman, to April 23.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that the suspects diverted about N100 billion belonging to the Kogi government.

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Responding to the EFCC allegations, the Kogi government said funds belonging to the state were not missing during the administration of the former governor.

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The former Kogi governor was not present in the courtroom on Thursday.

While Kemi Pinhero, EFCC counsel, said Bello’s absence from the court was a strategy, Abdulwahab Muhammed, Bello’s lawyer, said a court had since February 9 given a restraining order on the arrest and prosecution of the former governor.

The lawyer also asked the court to vacate the arrest warrant granted against Bello because the court was “misled”.

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But EFCC counsel argued that section 287 of the constitution allows security agencies, including the military, to produce a person before a court, adding that nobody is above the court or the rule of law.

After hearing arguments from the counsel, Emeka Nwite, the presiding judge, adjourned further hearing to April 23.


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