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N80.2 Billion: You Must Appear In Court, Judge Tells Yahaya Bello




Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stated that former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, must appear in court to pleaded to a 19-count money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Nwite stated this today, Friday, May 10, at the resumed hearing of the case between the EFCC and Bello

Insisting that its order made on April 17, for the arrest and production of Bello still subsists, the judge while ruling held that it is disrespectful for Bello to frustrate the efforts of the EFCC to execute the arrest warrant it issued against him.

The court also held that it would not entertain the applications filed by Bello unless he appeared in court and pleaded to a 19-count money laundering charge brought against him by the EFCC.

The judge also rejected the request by Bello’s lawyer, Abdulwahab Muhammed (SAN) that further proceedings in the case be stayed pending the determination of the appeal by the EFCC in relation to a contempt case before a High Court of Kogi state, sitting in Lokoja.

Recall that the EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.


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