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Yahaya Bello Ask Court To Transfer Fraud Case To Kogi



Yahaya Bello The Octopus News

Erstwhile Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to transfer the fraud case brought against him by the federal government to Kogi since the alleged crime happened in Kogi State.


Bello made the request on Thursday, June 27, through his lawyers to the Chief Judge of the Court, Justice John Tsoho.

The defendant made the request despite failing to appear before the court for the 5th time over an alleged N82bn embezzlement.

During today’s proceedings, Bello’s counsel, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, informed Justice Emeka Nwite that his client had written to the Chief Judge requesting that the trial be moved to Lokoja.

Adedipe stated that the former governor preferred to be arraigned in Lokoja, as the court there has territorial jurisdiction.

Recall that on June 13, Yahaya Bello’s lawyer made a commitment to produce Bello in court for today’s arraignment.

The prosecution, led by Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, has asked that Bello’s lead counsel, Abdulwahab Mohammed, and Adeola Adedipe, both Senior Advocates, be tried for contempt for “misleading the court.”


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