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Former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello Faces N80.2 Billion Money Laundering Charges

In a significant development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello, alongside three other suspects, Ali Bello, Dauda Suleiman, and Abdulsalam Hudu (still at large), before a Federal High Court in Abuja. The charges against them amount to a staggering N80.2 billion in alleged money laundering activities.

The arraignment follows a warrant of arrest and enrollment order granted by the court on April 17, 2024. The charges span various counts, including conspiracy to convert funds believed to be proceeds of unlawful activities and aiding in concealing substantial sums in different accounts, both locally and internationally.

Despite the EFCC's lawful attempt to execute the warrant of arrest, the former governor's residence in Abuja was surrounded by a security cordon, and he was reportedly whisked away by the current Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo, in his official vehicle. However, the EFCC has maintained its stance and exercised restraint, awaiting Bello's arraignment on April 18, 2024.

It's imperative to note that irrespective of one's status, no one is above the law. The EFCC remains committed to ensuring justice is served, and Bello will be held accountable for his alleged involvement in these financial irregularities. Stay tuned for updates on this unfolding legal saga.

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