Yahaya Bello and the EFCC, case Withdrawn at Appeal Court

Yahaya Bello and the EFCC Head
Hey guys, let's chuk mouth on this matter! EFCC has finally withdrawn its appeal against the interim injunction that stopped them from arresting Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi State. This is coming after the initial order made in his favor was overtaken by events.

According to the notice of discontinuance filed by EFCC, they realized their appeal was filed outside the time allowed by law. So, they decided to withdraw and start afresh.

Recall that Yahaya Bello had run to the Kogi State High Court to enforce his fundamental rights, and the court granted an interim order restraining EFCC from inviting, arresting, or prosecuting him over the subject matter. EFCC filed an appeal, but the court has since delivered its judgment on Bello's substantive suit.

Justice Abdullahi, in his judgment, said EFCC must not move against Bello without the express permission of the Federal High Court. He also granted an order enforcing Bello's fundamental rights to liberty and freedom of movement, and fair hearing. This is a big win for Bello, and a slap on the wrist for EFCC!

But that's not all. "EFCC's withdrawal of the appeal is a welcome development. It's a sign that they respect the rule of law. However, we know EFCC is not one to give up easily. They might be planning their next move, so we all need to keep watching.

You'll recall that Bello is facing a 19-count charge bordering on his alleged complicity in money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of about N80.2 billion. Trial Justice Emeka Nwite had fixed May 10 to rule on an application the former governor filed to challenge the warrant of arrest that was issued against him.

Meanwhile, the incumbent governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo, has been accused of smuggling Bello away from his Abuja residence in his official vehicle to avoid arrest. This is a clear case of using state power to obstruct justice, and we hope the authorities will take note of this.

In any case, EFCC's withdrawal of the appeal is a victory for Bello, and a reminder that the law is supreme. We hope this will serve as a deterrent to EFCC and other agencies who think they can just do as they please.

What do you guys think about this development? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!"

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