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EFCC may seek military help as Yahaya Bello absent in court



Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja has adjourned the suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), against the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to Tuesday April 23.

The adjournment is for substituted service and possible arraignment of the former governor for alleged N84bn money laundering.

During the court session, EFCC’s prosecutor Kemi Phinro, told the court that Mr Bello was absent from court for his arraignment because he was being protected by someone with immunity.

Phinro said the former governor was whisked out of his Abuja residence by the same person with immunity.

For the most part of Wednesday, operatives of the anti-graft agency had laid siege to the Wuse Zone 4 residence of the former Kogi governor.

He was then ferried away from his Abuja residence by his successor, Governor Usman Ododo,

Mr Phinro said the anti-graft agency might seek the help of the military to fish him out to come face his arraignment.

Responding to this submission, Yahaya Bello through his lawyer , Abdulwahab Muhammad, told the court that there is a court  order restraining the EFCC from arresting or arraigning him.

Mr Muhammad said a Kogi State High Court had on February 9, restrained the EFCC from arresting his client.

He added that the EFCC has appealed the ruling and the Court of Appeal is yet to decide on the matter.

He pointed out that the action of the EFCC was unconstitutional and the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain any charge from the EFCC.