News - North Central - FCT Updated: April 18, 2024

Yahaya Bello: Court reveals date for ruling on substituted charge

By Abdulrazak Muhammad
April 18, 2024

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has revealed a date for the ruling on substituted service of charge filed against Former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) bordering on corruption allegations.

The presiding Judge, Justice Emeka Nwite on Thursday announced April 23, 2024, for the ruling on the EFCC's application.

The court's decision followed the presentation of arguments from the EFCC led by its lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) and the former governor's lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohammed (SAN).

However, the Former Governor was absent in court when the 19-count money laundering charge was read against him.

Meanwhile, his lead lawyer, Mohammed who stood for him in court challenged the validity of the EFCC's charge on the ground that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter and equally to issue an arrest warrant against Former Governor Bello.


He further told the court that a preliminary objection had already been filed before the court to the effect and urged the court to vacate the arrest warrant.

He brought to the notice of the court that a High Court of Kogi had on February 9, 2024, issued a ruling restraining the anti-graft agency from arresting, detaining or prosecuting his client, Yahaya Bello.

He added that the order was challenged by the EFCC at the Court of Appeal and the matter was already fixed for hearing.

Mohammed further argued that if the commission could not serve Bello personally with the charge, they should formally apply so that the defendant could respond accordingly.

He also argued that the EFCC's objection to the whole charge and the arrest warrant on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction had not been dealt with.


The EFCC's lawyer Pinheiro disagreed with Bello's lawyer, stating that since he has appeared for the Former Governor, he could be served with the charge in open court for the case to proceed.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Nwite ordered that the ex-governor be produced in court for his arraignment.

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