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Former Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello’s Request to Transfer Fraud Case to Kogi Denied

Former Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello's Request to Transfer Fraud Case to Kogi Denied

Yahaya Bello, the former Governor of Kogi State, has lost his attempt to transfer his N80.2 billion fraud case from Abuja to Kogi.

Justice John Tsoho, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, dismissed Bello’s application to move the case to his home state. On Monday, July 8, Justice Tsoho ruled in favor of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), deciding that the case should remain in Abuja.

Bello is facing 19 charges, including alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of public funds. Despite denying these allegations, he has repeatedly failed to appear in court for his arraignment.

His lawyers had applied to transfer the trial to Lokoja, Kogi State. However, EFCC opposed the move, arguing that the alleged offences were committed partly in Kogi and Abuja, making either state a suitable venue for the trial.

In a letter signed by his Special Assistant, Joshua Ibrahim Aji, the Chief Judge agreed with EFCC, stating that the law permits the filing of the charge in either Abuja or Lokoja.

The judge also noted that two similar criminal charges are already being tried in the Federal High Court, Abuja and that transferring the case would be premature given the pending appeal.

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