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EFCC declares Yahaya Bello wanted

EFCC declares Yahaya Bello wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, wanted for offences relating to economic and financial crimes.

This was contained in a notice posted on the commission’s official Facebook page on Thursday.

“Former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, is wanted by the EFCC for offences relating to economic and financial crimes to the tune of N80.2 bn.

“Anybody with information as to his whereabout should report immediately to the commission or the nearest police station,” the notice read.

A check at EFCC’s official website however does not disclose Bello among in the commission’s published wanted list, as of the time this story was published.

Yahaya Bello, EFCC, Wanted
EFCC posted a Yahaya Bello’s poster declaring him wanted.

Surrender advice

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN has advised Bello to surrender to the EFCC.

In a statement, the minister noted that, “This is a matter of very grave concern, it is now beyond doubt that the EFCC is given power by the law to invite any person of interest to interact with them in the course of their investigations into any matter, regardless of status.

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“Therefore, the least that we can all do when invited, is not to put any obstruction in the way of EFCC, but to honourably answer their invitation. A situation where public officials who are themselves subject of protection by law enforcement agents will set up a stratagem of obstruction to the civil and commendable efforts of the EFCC to perform its duty is to say the least, insufferably disquieting.’’

He added that running away from the law would not resolve issues at stake but only exacerbate them.

He stated, “Nigeria has a vibrant judicial system that is capable of protecting everyone who follows the rule of law in seeking protection. I therefore encourage anyone who has been invited by the EFCC or any other agency to immediately toe the path of decency and civility by honouring such invitation instead of embarking on a temporising self-help and escapism. This can only put our country in bad light before the rest of the world.’’

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He said institutions of state should be allowed to function effectively and efficiently.

“I stand for the rule of law and will promptly call EFCC, and indeed any other agency to order when there is an indication of any transgressions of the fundamental rights of any Nigerian by any of the agencies.’’

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