Bello’s Absence Stall Arraignment, as EFCC Threatens to Use Military

EFCC Ola Olukoyede

The proposed arraignment of former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello before a Federal High Court has stalled due to his absence in court.

Bello who was supposed to be arraigned in court earlier today, did not appear as his counsel hinged the reason on an exparte order restraining EFCC from arresting and prosecuting the former Governor.

Meanwhile, Counsel to EFCC, Mr Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, told the court that the commission will drag Bello before the court to face his trial, even, if it means engaging the military to get him.

He said, “We may have to invite the military to move Yahaya Bello out of where he is hiding.

“We may have to engage the military to force him out because immunity does not cover him where he is hiding.

“No one is above the law. Immunity covers only the governor and not everyone around him.”
The commission and the former governor have been playing hide and seek game in the last few weeks.

The commission invaded the Abuja residence of Bello on Wednesday to arrest him but couldn’t do owing to some external forces.

According to reports, the former governor may have been hiding in the Kogi State Government House under the immunity of Governor Ahmed Ododo, his successor, who is covered with Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The EFCC has been hunting for Bello, to arrest him over allegation of financial mismanagement while in office as governor.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has threatened to use the military to move the immediate-past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, out of hiding place.

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