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Nigerian Immigration places ex Kogi governor Yahaya Bello on watchlist, as police recall orderlies

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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has placed the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, on its watchlist to prevent his departure from the country.

This action coincides with the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Bello by the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun.

According to a circular dated April 18, 2024, signed by Assistant Comptroller of Immigration DS Umar on behalf of the Comptroller-General, Kemi Nandap, the NIS has alerted both the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to effect Bello’s arrest.

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This measure follows the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) declaration of Bello as wanted in connection to an alleged case of money laundering totaling N80.2 billion.

Despite an unsuccessful attempt to arrest the former governor, the EFCC reiterated his wanted status via their official Facebook page. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has condemned the obstruction to Bello’s arrest by his successor, Usman Ododo, describing it as “insufferably disquieting.”

The circular, disseminated to the DSS and the police, includes Bello’s name, nationality, and passport number (B50083321), alongside directives for his apprehension. Nandap stated, “If seen at any entry or exit point, he should be arrested and referred to the Director of Investigation or contact 08036226329/07039617304 for further action.”

This development underscores the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in addressing alleged financial impropriety and ensuring accountability within the Nigerian political landscape.

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

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