EFCC vows to use military to fish ex-gov Bello out of hide out

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has threatened to employ the military to retrieve Yahaya Bello, the immediate former governor of Kogi State, from hiding.

The commission and the former governor have been playing hide and seek for the past two weeks.

The commission stormed Bello’s Abuja flat on Wednesday, but was unable to arrest him owing to unforeseen circumstances.

According to rumors, the former governor may have been hiding at the Kogi State Government House while his replacement, Governor Ahmed Ododo, enjoys immunity under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The EFCC has been looking for Bello to arrest him on allegations of financial impropriety while in office as governor.

Bello was supposed to be arraigned in court this Thursday but the planned arraignment could not take place due to his absence.

During the proceedings on Thursday, Counsel to EFCC, Mr Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, told the court that the commission will drag Bello before the court to face his trial, even, if it means engaging the military to get him.

He said, “We may have to invite the military to move Yahaya Bello out of where he is hiding.

“We may have to engage the military to force him out because immunity does not cover him where he is hiding.

“No one is above the law. Immunity covers only the governor and not everyone around him.”

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