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EFCC names former Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello in revised N100 billion alleged corruption probe 



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed amended charges to the Federal High Court in Abuja against Alli Bello, Daudu Suleiman, and Yahaya Bello, the former Governor of Kogi. 

In the updated charges presented to Justice James Omotosho, the EFCC claims that the accused diverted approximately N100 billion of state funds in September 2015, shortly before Yahaya Bello became governor. 

Meanwhile, the former Governor Bello was not named as a defendant in the initial lawsuit and did not appear in court. 

During the session for the defendants’ re-arraignment, the former governor’s lawyer, A.M. Aliyu, SAN, raised objections to his client being read the revised charges. 

He based his objection on the claim that the anti-graft agency had significantly failed to adhere to Section 218 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015. 

The senior lawyer also submitted that a copy of the amended charges was not served on them as required by the provisions of ACJA. 

On the other hand, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, representing the EFCC, urged the court to dismiss the defendant’s arguments, noting that the court had independently approved the amendment. 

Justice Omotoso, delivering a brief ruling, reminded that he had previously approved an accelerated hearing for the case and had instructed that any objections be deferred until the address stage. 

In other charges, Alli Bello and Dauda Suleman were alleged to have concealed several millions of naira with one Rabiu Musa Tafada, a Bureau De Change operator trading under Global Venture in Abuja.