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Media Office of Former Kogi Governor Responds to EFCC Allegations

In response to allegations made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the media office of former Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello has emphasized that the court has yet to substantiate these claims. In a statement signed by the director of Bello’s media office, Ohiare Michael, it was clarified that Bello did not use state funds to pay for his children’s fees, as suggested by the EFCC Chairman during a recent press conference.

The statement noted that Bello’s children had been attending the American International School, Abuja before his tenure as governor and that he consistently paid their fees in a timely manner. Documents supporting these payments have been submitted by Bello’s legal team, indicating transparency in the matter.

Regarding ongoing legal proceedings, the statement emphasized that the EFCC’s allegations are subject to a court case (Charge No. FHC/CR/573/2022), which is yet to reach a verdict. Consequently, Bello’s media office refrained from further commentary, urging the EFCC to present evidence in court rather than engaging in public scrutiny.

Moreover, the statement refuted claims regarding the amount paid for the fees and the timing of payments, asserting that Bello did not pay with state funds and that the payments commenced in 2021, not as Bello was leaving office. The media office also criticized the EFCC’s attempt to recover legitimately paid funds from the American International School Abuja, noting that the court ruled in favor of maintaining the services paid for by Bello and his family.

Addressing recent developments, the statement highlighted a Kogi High Court directive for the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, to appear before it on May 13 to address allegations of disobeying a court order. The court order stemmed from EFCC operatives’ attempt to arrest Bello in April, despite a restraining order. Justice I.A. Jamil issued the order based on a motion ex-parte filed by Bello’s lawyer, M.S. Yusuf.

In conclusion, Bello’s media office reaffirmed their commitment to due process and the rule of law, expressing confidence that the legal system will uphold justice in the matter.

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