EFCC declares Yahaya Bello, ex- Kogi governor wanted


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the immediate past governor of Kogi state , Yahaya Bello,  wanted over alleged N80 billion financial crimes.
The commission in a statement on Wednesday  asked anyone with useful information on Bello’s whereabouts to contact it or the nearest police station.
The statement reads: “The public is hereby notified that YAHAYA ADOZA BELLO (former Governor of Kogi State), whose photograph appears above is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with alleged case of Money Laundering to the tune of N80,246,470, 089.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand and Eighty Nine Naira, Eighty Eight Kobo).
“Bello, 48-year old Ebiraman, is a native of Okenne Local Government of Kogi State. His last known address is: 9, Benghazi Street, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.
“Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the Commission in its Ibadan, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices.”
EFCC operatives had on Wednesday barricaded Bello’s Abuja residence in an attempt to arrest him.
Hours after, Usman Ododo, Bello’s successor as  governor, arrived at the residence  and was said to have left  with Bello in his official vehicle
Bello was absent at the Federal High Court Abuja, where  the EFCC arraigned him on Thursday.
His arraignment came after a warrant of arrest and enrolment order was granted to the EFCC by the court on Wednesday.
“It is necessary to state that Bello is not above the law and would be brought to justice as soon as possible,” EFCC said in a statement on Wednesday.
The court  adjourned the case to April 23, 2024.


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