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N84.2Billion Fraud: Nigerian Court Restates Order For Arrest Of Former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

The court agreed with the EFCC’s counsel, Dr Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) and restated the order it made on April 17, which directed security agencies to arrest and produce him before it to answer for the 19 counts bordering on fraud pending against him.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, ordered the immediate arrest of Yahaya Bello, the immediate past governor of Kogi State.

Justice Emeka Nwite berated Bello for trying to end the criminal prosecution that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had brought against him.

The court agreed with the EFCC’s counsel, Dr Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) and restated the order it made on April 17, which directed security agencies to arrest and produce him before it to answer for the 19 counts bordering on fraud pending against him.

According to the court, the former governor, by briefing lawyers to challenge its jurisdiction to try him, while he remained in hiding, showed that he “has no atom of respect and regard for the court.”

It held that Bello’s decision to file the application “is clearly showing his intention not to present himself for trial”.

The court stressed that he ought to have made himself available when he became aware of the arrest warrant issued against him.

In his ruling, Justice Nwite agreed with Pinheiro that no application from Bello should be taken until he appears in court to take a plea.

Bello is facing a charge bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of about N80.2 billion.

Culled from Sahara Reporters