We May Have to Invite Military to Force Yahaya Bello Out of Where He is Hiding — EFCC


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a warning, indicating its intention to enlist the assistance of the Nigerian Military in apprehending the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Recent events unfolded as the commission attempted to execute an arrest of Bello at his Abuja residence on Wednesday. However, their efforts were met with staunch resistance from the ex-governor.

Reports suggest that Bello may be taking refuge within the premises of the Kogi State Government House, shielded by the immunity granted to Governor Ahmed Ododo under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The EFCC’s pursuit of Bello is rooted in allegations of financial mismanagement during his tenure as governor. Scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for arraignment, Bello’s absence thwarted the proceedings.

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During the court session on Thursday, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, representing the EFCC, asserted that the commission remains steadfast in its resolve to bring Bello to justice, even if it necessitates involving the military in the process.

He said, “We may have to invite the military to move Yahaya Bello out of where he is hiding.

“We may have to engage the military to force him out because immunity does not cover him where he is hiding.”