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EFCC Is An Illegal Organization – Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello

The embattled immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has come out o say that he is ready to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja to answer to the 19-count charge the EFCC have charged against him.

He recently had his say via his team of lawyers, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to a member of his legal team, Mr. Adeola Adedipe, his client would have made himself available for the proceedings, but he is too afraid that he would be arrested.

He added that the matter at hand must be resolved on the constitution and the tenets of federalism, but the EFCC is an illegal organization right now.

His words, “The defendant wants to come to court but he is afraid that there is an order of arrest hanging on his head.

As at the time the warrant was issued, the order for substituted service had not been made. That order was just made this morning.

A warrant of arrest should not be hanging on his neck when we leave this court.

This is a very serious matter that borders on the constitution and the tenets of federalism. It has to be resolved because as it stands, the EFCC is an illegal organization since the Federal Government did not consult the 36 States of the federation before it enacted the EFCC Act through the National Assembly..”

EFCC lawyers reacted, “The defendant cannot stay in hiding and be filing numerous applications. He cannot ask for the arrest order to be vacated until and when the defendant is present in court for his arraignment. He cannot be heard on that applied application.

The main issue should be ascertaining the whereabouts of the defendant. All these applications he is filing are nothing but dilatory tactics intended to delay his arraignment and frustrate the proceedings.

If he wants the order of arrest to be discharged, let him come here and make the application.

Our position is that the defendant should be denied the right of being heard, until he is physically present before this court.”


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