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  • Updated: April 23, 2024

Bello: EFCC denies disobeying court order

Bello: EFCC denies disobeying court order

Amidst ongoing debates regarding whether the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has defied a court order concerning the failed apprehension of former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Commission has refuted any allegations of disobedience. 

In a press release signed by the EFCC’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Wilson Uwujaren, the Commission clarified that while Bello sought refuge in a fundamental rights enforcement action via an order granted by Justice Isa Jamil Abdulallahi of the Kogi State High Court, this order did not negate or override a separate order issued by the Federal High Court for the former governor's arrest in connection with his impending arraignment.

 “The enrolled Order of the Kogi State High Court only granted an order to enforce Bello’s right to personal liberty and freedom of movement, it didn’t preclude the Federal High Court ‘to make any Order as it may deem just in the determination of the rights of the Applicant and the Respondent as may be submitted to her for consideration and determination”,  he said.

He further stressed that,  “The Order made by the Federal  High Court for the arrest of Mr. Yahaya Bello for the purpose of his arraignment is not in conflict with the Order of the Kogi State High Court. The case before the Federal High Court is a criminal charge which is different from the fundamental rights enforcement action that is the subject of an appeal”.

Uwujaren pointed out that the EFCC had a shining track record in the prosecution of politically exposed persons  and would continue to exercise its mandate in the overall interest of the nation. He admonished Bello to turn himself in and answer to the charges preferred against him by the Commission.

He called on all patriotic Nigerians to lend their voices in support of the Commission stressing that "the EFCC will not relent in its quest to wrestle corruption to the ground".

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