“The case is adjourned until April 18.”

On April 17, the Kogi State High Court judge, I. Jamil, restrained the Economic and Crimes Commission from arresting and prosecuting the former governor, Yahaya Bello. The scandal morphed into the federal government placing him on the watchlist for money laundering as a result of his disappearance, with the help of the incumbent governor, Usman Ododo. However, he failed to appear in court.

Recall that the charges levelled against Bello are alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of eighty-two billion naira. His scheduled court appearance was fruitless because of his absence. The commission is an organisation established by legislation to carry out tasks outlined in its Establishment Act and has the authority to look into and prosecute economic crimes as defined by sections 6 and 7 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act. The EFCC challenged the Kogi Court ruling in the appeal.


By Chidimma NWAFOR

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