BREAKING: Kogi governor Ododo smuggles Yahaya Bello out to evade EFCC arrest in Abuja

Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State has reportedly smuggeld out his predecessor, Yahaya Bello from his residence to evade arrest by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC operatives had earlier restricted movement in and around Bello’s house situated on Benghazi street, Wuse Zone 4.

After hours of being unable to secure their mission, the security operatives had reinforced with backup support from the Police and Department of State Services (DSS).

It was gathered that they were planning to forcefully arrest him before the arrival of Ododo.

After a few hours, Usman Ododo, governor of Kogi, arrived at the Bello’s residence and was later seen leaving with his predecessor.

The agency’s longtime interest in him led to the filing of N10 billion corruption charges against his new Ali Bello, and a co-defendant for money laundering at the Federal High Court in 2022.

Days after he finished his tenure, the EFCC on 5 February, amended the charges, raising the number of counts from 10 to 17 against the younger Bello and his co-defendant, Dauda Suleiman, in a trial that dates back to 2022.

The prosecution named Mr Bello in one of the newly-introduced counts as an accomplice. But the agency has yet to charge him as a defendant.

In the new count, the anti-graft agency accused Mr Bello of money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N84 billion.

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