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Yahaya Bello: American International School Refunds $760,000 to EFCC

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Yahaya Bello: American International School Refunds $760,000 to EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that the American International School of Abuja has refunded $760,910.84 to their account.

This money is part of the $845,852 that the former governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, allegedly paid to the American school as school fees for five of his children.

According to a spokesperson for the EFCC, Wale Oyewale, speaking to BBC, the school wrote to the commission stating that they would rather send the money to the government account as the issue had become public. The EFCC then provided the recovery account to the school, and they returned the money.

Yahaya Bello declared wanted by the EFCC

yahaya bello wanted by efccThe EFCC had declared former governor Yahaya Adoza Bello wanted on Thursday, April 18, in connection with an alleged money laundering issue.

A Kogi state High Court Judge, Jamil, has ordered EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede to appear in court on May 13, 2024, based on a motion ex-parte filed by Yahaya Bello through his lawyer, M.S. Yusuf. The court was requested to issue and serve a notice to show cause to Olukoyede as to why an order of committal should not be made against him.

The Nigeria Immigration Service has issued an alert against Yahaya Bello, urging law enforcement agents to arrest him wherever he is found. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, also called for Yahaya Bello to surrender himself.

Meanwhile, EFCC has stated that they have not disobeyed any court orders in the case against Yahaya Bello.

Yahaya Bello was served charges by the EFCC on Tuesday, April 23, through his counsel, Abdulwahab Muhammad (SAN), for alleged money laundering amounting to N80,246,470,089.88. Despite obtaining a court order to prevent his arrest, Yahaya Bello did not appear in court for arraignment on Thursday, April 18.

EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede stated on April 23 that he personally invited Yahaya Adoza Bello to answer questions regarding his alleged involvement in money laundering but Bello declined, citing concerns about intimidation.

Olukoyede expressed concern about Bello’s alleged diversion of government funds, including transferring money from the government account to pay his children’s school fees in advance.

Yahaya Bello, aged 46, is one of the youngest aspirants in the 2023 presidential race. He served as the governor of Kogi State from 2016 to 2024.

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