Kogi Group Accuses EFCC of Media Trial on Rashida Bello 

Rashida Bello Kogi first A group, Kogi Democratic Movement (KDM) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to avoid engaging in a media trial of Kogi State’s First Lady, Hajiya Rashida Bello, but rather, employ professional best practices in the conduct of its operations.

This is just as the group also urged operatives of the agency to always follow due process contained in their operational module, saying these were needed to engender public confidence and respect for it being a critical organ of state necessary for good governance of the country.

Executive Director of KDM, Comrade Isah O. Achema, in a statement yesterday in Abuja while reacting to media reports suggesting that the First Lady of the state, Rashida Bello is ‘at large’ to evade arrest over alleged corruption involvement, described such claim as false.

He said the EFCC, in its attempts to allegedly undermine the governor of Kogi State, a nephew of the governor, Ali Bello, and others were on Thursday arraigned before a court in Lokoja, the state capital, on allegation of diverting the sum of N3 billion belonging to the state government into private accounts.

The EFCC had, in the charge sheet, stated that the First Lady has been at large, but the group accused the commission of media trial and propaganda, saying that the First Lady has been performing her official duties in the state.

He said, “we wonder why the EFCC is making this wild allegation that she has disappeared from the state and is evading prosecution, while she is in Lokoja performing her duties to the people of the state. This kind of issues are not what the EFCC should be seen doing to be taken seriously by Nigerians.”

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