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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

N48bn fraud: EFCC barricades Yahaya Bello’s house, seals off apartment in Abuja

N48bn fraud: EFCC barricades Yahaya Bello’s house, seals o

Agents from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have shut off ex-Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello's apartment in Wuse, Abuja.

According to SaharaReporters, the EFCC siege began immediately after the former governor visited with President Bola Tinubu at the State House.

It was reported that there is now no movement in and around the residence on Benghazi Street, Wuse Zone 4, in the nation's federal capital.

On Wednesday, a trustworthy source revealed a photograph of EFCC agents barricading the entry road to Bello's house.

The source said: “EFCC barricades Bello’s house in Abuja. No movement in the area as EFCC barricaded the house. They are yet to gain access.”

The reason for the EFCC's raid on the former governor's house is unclear, although it possibly is related to the ongoing ₦84 billion fraud case against him.

The EFCC charged the former governor with financial crimes of ₦84 billion.

In an amended allegation, the anti-graft commission accused Bello of diverting ₦80 billion in state finances in September 2015, four months before taking office. 

Meanwhile, the media office of Yahaya Bello urged President Bola Tinubu, to call the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to order in a statement issued on Wednesday. 

The statement reads, “About 9:30 am today, the 17th day of April 2024, persons who described themselves as officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrived at the Wuse Zone 4 Residence of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to effect his arrest. 

“This is despite a subsisting Order of injunction granted on 9th February 2024 by the High Court of Justice, Lokoja Division in Suit No. HCL/68M/2024 between Alhaji Yahaya Bello v. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, restraining the Commission either by itself or its agents from harassing, arresting, detaining or prosecuting Alhaji Yahaya Bello, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive fundamental rights enforcement action. 

"The EFCC was duly served with that Order on 12th February 2024 and on 26th February 2024; the EFCC filed an Appeal (Appeal No.: CA/ABJ/CV/175/2024: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission v. Alhaji Yahaya Bello) against the said Order to the Court of Appeal Abuja division.

"The Appeal was accompanied by a Motion for Stay of Execution of the Order of the High Court which the Court of Appeal adjourned for hearing till the 22nd day of April 2024. 

“Furthermore, Judgment in the substantive case between Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the EFCC is to be delivered at 12 Noon today in Lokoja.

“Contrary to all of the above, the EFCC has now laid siege to the home of H.E Yahaya Bello seeking to arrest him in contravention of the extant orders! 

“It is a surprise that an agency led by a lawyer could flagrantly disobey a subsisting court order by taking actions contrary to the reliefs granted."

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