Alleged N80bn Fraud: Court Rejects Setting Aside Arrest Warrant On Yahaya Bello

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday insisted that the former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, must come to court and answer to the fraud allegations preferred against him by the EFCC to the tune of 80 billion naira.

Justice Nwite in his ruling stated that the application filed by the anti graft agency, that no application be heard without the defendant being in court, was meritorious.

While citing section 396 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the trial judge held that Bello ought to make himself available first before filling any process.

The Judge held that since Bello has continued to disobey court orders, he would not be allowed to file any application or be heard.

The judge added that even if an arrest warrant was illegally obtained, he should have appeared in court.

Bello is also praying the court to stay further hearing of the alleged money laundering suit filed against him by the EFCC until the Court of Appeal decides a pending case relating to the same matter.

 Counsel to Bello Abdulwahab Mohammed, informed the court that the EFCC had by a motion ex parte got an order of the Appeal Court stopping the contempt proceedings filed by him against the agency at the High Court sitting in Lokoja

The counsel, therefore, said as the appellate court has already fixed May 20 to hear the case, it will be important the Federal High Court awaits the outcome before going further with the trial.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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