Yahaya Bello vs EFCC: When Ex-Kogi Governor Will Appear in Court Unveiled

  • Yahaya Bello, the immediate past governor of Kogi state, has been reportedly ready to present himself in court on June 13
  • His lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohammed, gave the assurance before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, May 10
  • Mohammed said Yahaya Bello did not have an issue in appearing in court, but there are concerns about his safety from the EFCC

FCT, Abuja – Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi state, has reportedly agreed to appear before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 13 to answer questions on corruption allegations filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The lead counsel to the former governor, Abdulwahab Mohammed, made the undertaking before the court on Friday, May 10, following the court’s rejection of his request to suspend the trial.

Yahaya Bello's lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohammed, has revealed the former governor of Kogi state will appear in court to answer questions on EFCC allegations.Yahaya Bello to appear in court in June
Photo Credit: @OfficialGYBKogi, @officialEFCCSource: Twitter

Why Yahaya Bello went underground

According to Mohammed, former governor Yahaya Bello was not afraid to be arraigned, but he was concerned about his safety in the hands of the anti-graft agency in Abuja, Leadership reported.

The defence counsel further told the judge that the life of his client had been under consistent threats in the FCT, which was why he had to go underground.

Justice Nwite announced the agreement that the former governor would submit himself to a court trial in his remark that the EFCC is a law-enforcement agency and would not act against the constitution.

Judge tells Yahaya Bello to respect court order

According to the court, Bello was not the first former governor to be invited by the EFCC and would not be the last.

The court also maintained that the charges against the former governor were still mere allegations and that the law presumed such an accused person innocent until proven guilty.

Justice Nwite urged the defence lawyer to prevail on the former governor to respect the law and order of the court as a law-abiding person.

Mohammed then thanked the judge for the counsel after the assurance that the EFCC would not do anything untoward and that Yahaya Bello would appear in court.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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