Ex-Kogi Speaker Kolawole Condemns Harassment of Yahaya Bello by EFCC

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The former Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole has called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to call the Economic and Financial Crime Commission and Other Related Matter (EFCC) over harassment of Ex-Governor Yahaya Bello.

Prince Kolawole, in a press statement issued on Thursday, condemned in totality the action of EFCC in totality.

He pointed out that if actually EFCC want to invite the former governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello there are procedures that must be followed.

“The invasion of the former Governor’s Abuja residence by the operatives was contrary to a subsisting court order granted February 9, 2024 by the Kogi State High Court of Justice, Lokoja Division, in Suit No. HCL/68M/2024 between Alhaji Yahaya Bello Vs. EFCC, restraining the Commission either by itself or its agents from harassing, arresting, detaining or prosecuting him, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive fundamental rights enforcement action.

“Despite a subsisting Order of injunction granted on 9th February 2024 by the High Court of Justice, Lokoja Division in Suit No. HCL/68M/2024 between Alhaji Yahaya Bello v. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, restraining the Commission either by itself or its agents from harassing, arresting, detaining or prosecuting Alhaji Yahaya Bello, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive fundamental rights enforcement action.

“The EFCC was duly served with that Order on 12th February 2024 and on 26th February 2024; the EFCC filed an Appeal (Appeal No.: CA/ABJ/CV/175/2024: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission v. Alhaji Yahaya Bello) against the said Order to the Court of Appeal Abuja division. The Appeal was accompanied by a Motion for Stay of Execution of the Order of the High Court which the Court of Appeal adjourned for hearing till the 22nd day of April 2024,” he said.

He therefore called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to look into the matter and call the EFCC to order.


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