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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this morning barricaded the residence of the immediate past Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, at Benghazi Street, Wuse Zone 4 in Abuja.

Though the reason for the barricade is unknown, it gathered that the operatives of the anti-corruption commission were in the area intending to effect the arrest of the former governor, who had been having issues with EFCC even before he left office in February.

It was learned that the operatives did not allow movement in and out of the street leading to the former Kogi helmsman house.

EFCC had joined the former governor as a co-defendant in the ongoing trial of his nephew, Ali Bello, who is the current Chief of Staff to Governor Usman Ododo, Dauda Sulaiman, and Abdulsalam Hudu in an alleged N84 billion money laundering case before Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The commission had on March 14 amended the charge against Ali Bello, Sulaiman, and Hudu to include the former governor as the fourth defendant. They are charged with 17 counts charges bordering on money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N84,062,406,089.88.

EFCC had told the court that both Yahaya Bello and Hudu were at large as of the time the fresh plea was taken in the amended 17-count charge was taken in court.


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