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Court restrains EFCC from arresting Yahaya Bello



Justice I.A. Jamil of the Kogi State High Court, Lokoja, on Wednesday, restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting the state’s former governor, Yahaya Bello.

The judge gave the order in a two-hour judgment delivered in suit no HCL/68/M/2020 filed by the ex-governor on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Bello had in the suit alleged a breach of his fundamental human rights by the anti-graft agency.

He urged the court to restrain the EFCC from arresting, detaining, and prosecuting him unjustly, among other reliefs.

EFCC operatives laid siege on Bello’s residence in Abuja on Wednesday.

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The former governor has been under the commission’s watch for alleged corruption while in office.

In his ruling, the judge held that infringing on the fundamental human rights of the former governor was null and void except as authorised by the court.

He said: “By this order, the EFCC is hereby restrained from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant.

“This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given.”

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