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Yahaya Bello Transferred $720,000 From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees In Advance – EFCC Chairman | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Apr 23, 2024

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede (EFCC), has disclosed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, moved $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja,
The PUNCH reports.

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

Olukoyede added that he personally contacted Bello, offering him an opportunity to address the matter in a polite setting at the EFCC office. However, the former governor allegedly refused to participate, citing concerns about being harassed by an unidentified woman.

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

Meanwhile, EFCC chairman in a chat with editors at the EFCC headquarters, Jabi, Abuja on Tuesday, vowed to resign from his position if the embattled former Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is not prosecuted.

The anti-graft agency chairman, who swore to follow the prosecution of Bello to the logical conclusion also vowed to bring all those who obstructed the arrest of the former governor to justice.

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