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Yahaya Bello: IGP withdraws all policemen attached to ex-Nigerian governor



IGP withdraws all policemen attached to Kogi ex-gov, Yahaya Bello

Olukayode Egbetokun, the Inspector General of Police, has removed all law enforcement personnel affiliated with Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi State.

A police radio communication gave the command for the withdrawal.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) issued a warrant for Bello on April 18 after his nonattendance at the federal high court in Abuja “stalled his arraignment.”

“IG has ordered the withdrawal of all policemen attached to His Excellency and former Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello,” according to a portion of the document with reference number “CB:4001/DOPS/PMF/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.48/34.”

“Recognize compliance and give it top priority. Above all, I ask for your careful attention to detail and compliance.

Remember that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had declared the former governor wanted in relation to a case of alleged N80.2 billion money laundering, prompting the Nigerian Immigration Service to place him on its radar.

The agency sent out a statement on behalf of Kemi Nandap, comptroller-general of the NIS, signed by DS Umar, assistant comptroller of immigration: “I am directed to advise you that the above-named person has been placed on the watch list.

It is sufficient to state that, as per the letter Ref; CR; 3000/EFCC/LS/EGCS.1/ TE/Vide/1/279 dated April 18, 2024, the subject is being prosecuted before the Federal High Court Abuja for conspiracy, breach of trust, and money laundering.

“He should be arrested and reported to the Director of Investigation if spotted at any entry or exit point. Alternatively, he can be reached at 08036226329 or 07039617304 for additional assistance.”

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As previously reported by DDM News, Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi State, has been invited by the presidency to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and obtain legal representation.

Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on information and strategy, stated this on his X account on Thursday.

Reacting to a post declaring Bello wanted on the EFCC’s X account, Onanuga said it is better for the former Kogi governor to submit himself and get a good lawyer.

“Yahaya Bello, where will you run to? It’s better you submit yourself to the EFCC and get a good lawyer,” he said.

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