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Abuja High Court adjourns EFCC suit against former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

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The legal saga involving the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, took a new turn as Justice of of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Emeka Nwite adjourned the proceedings to April 23, 2024.

This adjournment primarily serves for substituted service and the potential arraignment of Bello, who stands accused of alleged money laundering amounting to N84 billion.

During the recent court session, Counsel for the EFCC, Kemi Phinro, informed the court about the absence of the former governor, attributing it to purported protection by an individual with immunity.

Phinro revealed that Bello was reportedly taken from his residence in Abuja by this individual, complicating the process of arraignment. In response, Bello’s legal representative, Abdulwahab Muhammad, highlighted an existing court order restraining the EFCC from arresting or arraigning the former governor.

This order, issued by the Kogi State High Court on February 9, 2024, remains a point of contention between the parties.

However, the EFCC’s counsel contested Muhammad’s assertion, citing a ruling delivered on March 17, 2024, by the Kogi State High Court.

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According to the EFCC, this ruling stipulates that any attempt to arrest or arraign Bello requires prior authorization from the court.

Acting in accordance with this ruling, the EFCC sought an ex parte application for Bello’s arrest, which was subsequently granted by the court.

Despite these legal maneuvers, Bello’s counsel maintained that the order for his client’s arrest was issued beyond the jurisdiction of the court.

Emphasizing Bello’s compliance with the Kogi State High Court order, Muhammad argued against his client being labeled a fugitive.

The legal wrangling escalated recently when the EFCC conducted a raid on Bello’s residence in the Wuse area of Abuja, seeking his arrest.

However, the former governor was reportedly whisked away by his successor, further complicating the ongoing legal proceedings.

As the case unfolds, it underscores the complexities inherent in navigating the intersection of legal jurisdictions and the pursuit of justice in high-profile corruption cases.

The adjournment to April 23 promises further legal deliberations on the matter, potentially shedding light on the fate of the former governor amidst mounting legal tensions.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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