Mike Ozekhome SAN faults EFCC over harassment of former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

Mike Agbedor Abu Ozekhome is a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, holding the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN

Mike Ozekhome SAN faults EFCC over harassment of former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

 

….Asks Why has EFCC not arrested Odili, Mattawale, Yari, others despite similar court order as Bello.

By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.

Mike Agbedor Abu Ozekhome is a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, holding the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and he is known for his work as a constitutional lawyer and also an orator.

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The human rights lawyer fault the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for disobeying court order that protect the rights of the immediate past former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.

Former Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello
Former Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello

According to Ozekhome,

“I know you hate Bello but calm down and separate emotions from logic. You cannot disobey a court order simply because you want to enforce the law.”

In February 2024, Yahaya Bello approached a high court in Kogi state and was granted a restraining order, you do not expect him submit himself to EFCC when the restraining order is still valid.

EFCC has challenged the restraining order granted to Yahaya Bello in an appeal court whose judgment is expected to be delivered on Monday 22nd April 2024 but couldn’t wait hence they decided to lay siege on his residence.

 

The likes of Abdulaziz Yari, Peter Odili and current Minister of defence, Bello Mattawale has enjoyed similar court order restraining EFCC from prosecuting them in the past, the question begging for answer is why is Bello’s case different

No wonder the renowned Senior Advocate, Mike Ozekhome described the anti graft agency with the following statement “EFCC is a paper tiger, i have taken them to court eleven times and defeated them – Mike Ozekhome SAN

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Following the intimidation and harassment of the former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello, Nigerian youths have threatened to occupy Abuja and other strategy areas in the country should the EFCC continued it’s hide and seek approach.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC

It would be recall that the former Governor had an active order from Kogi high court restraining EFCC from arresting, detening and prosecuting him pending when the order will be vacated.

 

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