EFCC speaks on ‘disobeying court order’ over Yahaya Bello

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied that it disobeyed a court order concerning former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

This comes on the heels of arguments and counter-arguments on whether the EFCC has disobeyed a court order concerning the botched arrest of Bello.

Reacting in a press statement signed by the EFCC’s acting Director, Public Affairs, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency pointed out that though Bello sought refuge in a fundamental rights enforcement action through an order granted by Justice Isa Abdulallahi of the Kogi State High Court.

He noted that the order did not vitiate or nullify an order made by the Federal High Court for the arrest of the former governor for the purpose of his arraignment.

Uwujaren said, “The enrolled order of the Kogi State High Court only granted an order to enforce Bello’s right to personal liberty and freedom of movement, it didn’t preclude the Federal High Court ‘to make any Order as it may deem just in the determination of the rights of the Applicant and the Respondent as may be submitted to her for consideration and determination.

“The order made by the Federal High Court for the arrest of Mr. Yahaya Bello, for the purpose of his arraignment, is not in conflict with the order of the Kogi State High Court. The case before the Federal High Court is a criminal charge that is different from the fundamental rights enforcement action that is the subject of an appeal.”.

Uwujaren pointed out that the EFCC had a track record in the prosecution of politically exposed persons and would continue to exercise its mandate in the overall interest of the nation.

He appealed to Bello to submit himself and answer to the charges preferred against him by the commission.