Yahaya Bello: Senator Natasha Breaks Silence Over Alleged EFCC Probe of N80.2bn Fraud

Apr 27, 2024 - 07:11
Apr 27, 2024 - 07:12
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Yahaya Bello: Senator Natasha Breaks Silence Over Alleged EFCC Probe of N80.2bn Fraud
Senator Natasha

By Chinedu Echianu

The lawmaker representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has lauded ongoing efforts by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to apprehend and prosecute the immediate past governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, over an alleged N80.2 billion fraud.

She also commended the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, for ceding 14 properties recovered from former Enugu state Governor, Chimaraoke Nnamani, that were initially forfeited to the Federal Government to the Government and people of Enugu. Senator Akpoti-Uduaghan emphasised the need for the EFCC to investigate other corrupt public officials to avoid the impression that their actions against Bello are merely a witch hunt.

A statement made available to newsmen by Arogbonlo Israel, Chief Press Secretary to Senator Akpoti-Uduaghan, said She expressed surprise at Bello's excuse for not attending the EFCC's invitation. In a now-viral video, EFCC Chairman had claimed the former Kogi governor told him that a female Senator (name withheld) allegedly gathered journalists to humiliate him anytime he was at the agency's Abuja office for interrogation. “I called Yahaya Bello, as a serving governor, to come to my office to clear himself. I shouldn’t have done that. But he said because a certain Senator had planted over 100 journalists in my office, he would not come.

 “I told him that he would be allowed to use my private gate to give him a cover, but he said my men should come to his village to interrogate him,” Olukoyede was quoted as saying. Reacting, Natasha reminded Yahaya Bello of the importance of respecting Nigeria's laws and constitution, given his former position as the chief security officer of Kogi state. "I was surprised to hear that Yahaya Bello evaded the invitation from the EFCC, despite having served as Kogi's former chief security officer. As a former governor, he should understand the importance of respecting Nigeria's laws and constitution.

 "It's a well-known fact that "he who comes into equity must come with clean hands". As such, I advise him to honour the invitation and clear his name while he still has the chance.

"I'd also like to take this moment to appreciate the diligence of the EFCC in handling the case so far. No Nigerian is above the law, and therefore the agency must see this case through to the end if they are to gain the trust of both Nigerians and the international community in the fight against corruption," she said.

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