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  • Updated: April 23, 2024

Yahaya Bello withdrew $720,000 from Kogi coffers to pay child's school fees — EFCC boss

Yahaya Bello withdrew $720,000 from Kogi coffers to pay chil

Yahaya Bello

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, has made startling allegations against the immediate-past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, accusing him of withdrawing $720,000 from the state coffers to pay his children's school fees in advance.

Speaking to journalists at the EFCC Headquarters on Tuesday, Olukoyede expressed his determination to see Bello prosecuted, vowing to resign from his position if justice is not served.

He also promised that all those who obstructed the arrest of the former governor would face consequences.

Olukoyede recounted the alleged financial irregularities involving Bello, stating, “A sitting Governor, because he knows he is leaving, moves money directly from the government to a Bureau de Change, using it to pay his child’s school fee in advance in dollars. $720,000 in anticipation that he was going to leave the government house in a poor state like Kogi."

He revealed that efforts to engage Bello civilly were thwarted, with Bello allegedly being whisked away when EFCC operatives attempted to arrest him.

Olukoyede stressed the need for the EFCC to act responsibly, avoiding any actions that might endanger lives or escalate tensions.

Despite facing criticism and challenges, Olukoyede affirmed the EFCC's commitment to fighting corruption, emphasizing the importance of public support for the agency's success.

He said, “I am so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. A sitting Governor because he knows he is going, you move money directly from the government to Bureau de Change, use it to pay the child’s school fee in advance in dollars.

“$720,000 in anticipation that he was going to leave the government house in a poor state like Kogi. And you want me to close my eyes, under the guise of I am being used at this stage of my life. By who? I assumed office here six months ago

“I did not initiate the case. I inherited the case file. I called for the file, I called for the report and I said something is wrong here. Do you know on my honour, I put a call through to him, something I was not supposed to have done because he is a former Governor? 

“I told him, Sir, there are issues, let us clarify these issues. I am under camera. He told me Thank you, sir, I know, but I can’t come. There is a lady, a Senator that he learnt she has surrounded the EFCC with over 100 journalists to come and intimidate and embarrass him.

“I said if that’s the case. I am going to pass you through my gate, the special man’s gate, my floor, you will come through directly to my floor. You have my respect. I will invite my operatives to come and interview you in my own office to allay the fears. He said Thank You, sir, but can’t they come to my village? My director of investigation sent a message to him. We need this institution to survive.”

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