BREAKING: Immunity Covers Governor, Not You, EFCC Threatens To Use Force On Bello

Fawaz Adebisi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has threatened to use the military on the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello if he fails to face his trial in court.

The EFCC had earlier gotten the verdict to arrest and arraign Bello over an alleged fraud of N84bn. However, Bello has reportedly went into hiding ever since the verdict was given.

As gathered, the commission and the former governor have been playing hide and seek over the previous two weeks.

Reports also have it that the former governor may have been hiding in the Kogi State Government House under the immunity of Governor Ahmed Ododo, his successor, who is covered with Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Therefore, on Thursday, the Counsel to the EFCC, Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, told the court that the commission will use the military to extract him from hiding.

According to Pinheiro, only the state governor is granted immunity, stressing that it doesn’t cover those surrounding the governor.

He said, “We may have to invite the military to move Yahaya Bello out of where he is hiding.

“We may have to engage the military to force him out because immunity does not cover him where he is hiding.

“No one is above the law. Immunity covers only the governor and not everyone around him.”

Bello was supposed to be arraigned in court this Thursday but the planned arraignment could not take place due to his absence.




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