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Appeal court throws out Yahaya Bello’s suit against EFCC boss

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Thursday, set aside the contempt proceedings instituted by the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, against the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Olanipekun Olukoyede.

In a unanimous judgment, the three-man panel of justices; Justice A.M. Talba, Justice D. Z. Senchi, and Justice Joseph Oyewole, set aside the proceedings.

justice Oyewole, while delivering the lead judgment, overruled the respondent’s preliminary objection, citing technicalities.

The appellate court said the high court judge failed to extend the orders of February 9, 2024 in its final judgment of April 17, 2024, adding that the second issue raised by the respondent on the interim order, had become an academic exercise.

The court awarded N1m cost against the respondent.

Recall that the appellate court had granted an ex-parte motion for a stay of contempt proceedings filed against the EFCC boss by Bello.

The Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Oyewole, granted EFCC’s application from a team of lawyers led by Jibrin Okutepa, (SAN), to serve the processes in the appeal by substituted means on the former governor.

Olukoyede was summoned to appear before the Kogi State High Court in May to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for disobeying its orders following the siege laid at the former governor’s Abuja home after the court ruled in favour of Bello in the fundamental human rights suits he filed before the court.

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The EFCC boss, however, appealed the ruling of the trial court and sought a stay of the proceedings of the court.

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The Kogi State High Court based its ruling on the premise that the EFCC chair carried out “some acts upon which they (the EFCC) have been restrained” by the Court on Feb. 9, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive originating motion.

It would be recalled that Justice I. A. Jamil, in a ruling on Suit No: HCL/68M/2024 and Motion No: HCL/190M/2024, ordered that “the said act was carried out by the respondent (EFCC) in violation of the order, which was valid and subsisting when they carried out the act.

The judge held that EFCC’s act amounted to contempt.

EFCC operatives had laid siege on the residence of the former governor, as early as 8am on April 17, with a bid to arrest him despite a court order restraining them from taking such action, pending the determination of the originating motion.

Justice Jamil’s order was based on a motion ex-parte filed by Bello, through his lawyer, M.S. Yusuf, where he prayed to the court for an order to issue and serve the respondent (EFCC chairman) with Form 49 Notice to show cause why order of committal should not be made on him.

Okutepa and Adanu Emmanuel Ogwiji, Esq represented EFCC, while Victor Oni, Esq represented the Respondent. (PUNCH)

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Armed robbery suspect falls into well after raiding students hostels

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An armed robbery suspect, simply identified by his nickname, Bob Jay fell into an open well on Friday night after he and other gang members raided student’s hostel in Unicross, Okuku campus.

The robbers, according to a student of the school who gave her name as Regina, attacked students in their hostel at about 12 midnight and carted away laptops, phones and money and after the robbery, one of the hoodlums fell into an open well while trying to escape with their loot.

“They were many that came around 12 midnight. They robbed all the students in the Okuku hostel. They stabbed one student, broke the head of another with a stick before escaping with phones, laptops and other valuables,” She told Vanguard on phone.

She said the well was used by students to fetch water to bathe and wash clothes and has no cover.

“Nobody knew that one of the robbers fell into the well until dawn when students went to fetch water and saw the man inside dead. They raised alarm and the community people came and took him out and was identified as one of the robbers and some people said his name is Bob Jay from Mbube, a neigbouring village”

She said the police were alerted and they came and took the body away.

She said no other gang members identified yet since the robbers phone fished out of his picket is blur.

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Kogi Fraud: Handover Yahaya Bello to EFCC for trial – Adeyanju to Gov Ododo

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Popular activist lawyer, Deji Adeyanju has asked Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State to hand over his predecessor, Yahaya Bello to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for trial.

Adeyanju made the call while describing Ododo as an impunity-loving governor.

Posting on Facebook, Adeyanju wrote: “Ododo, the impunity-loving governor of Kogi State should hand over Yahaya Bello to the EFCC to face trial for all his corrupt acts.”

Bello has been on the run since EFCC initiated a fraud case of N80.2 billion allegedly committed while he was still governor of Kogi State.

He went into hiding after operatives of the anti-graft agency attempted to arrest him from his residence in Abuja.

During the raid by EFCC, Ododo had stormed Bello’s residence and whisked him out of the house.

Following its inability to arrest him, EFCC had placed him on the wanted list.

Amid the saga with the EFCC, Bello had prayed an Abuja Federal High Court to transfer his case to Kogi State for trial.

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But Justice John Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court dismissed Bello’s application seeking to transfer his case to Kogi State.

Justice Tsoho upheld the argument of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that the case should remain in Abuja.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Ododo is hiding Bello at the Kogi State Government House.

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Five trapped as building collapses in Osun

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Residents of the Sabo area in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, were gripped with fear on Sunday, July 14, when an abandoned building, allegedly used by hoodlums, collapsed.

Five people were reportedly trapped inside when the building collapsed around 7:30 am.

It was learned that the uncompleted, abandoned storey building had been used by hoodlums as an abode before its collapse.

A source known as Tunde explained that the building was a den for cultists, hoodlums, and other bad actors, and that security operatives had raided it several times before its collapse on Sunday morning.

He said: “As I am talking to you, security operatives with rescue teams have arrived the scene. They have brought crain machine to the scene, they rescued three people from the rumbles.”

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps(NSCDC), Osun State Command, Kehinde Adeleke confirmed the collapse.

According to her, “Subsequent to our earlier report dated 10 June 2024 in which we reported on an uncompleted building used as residence by hoodlums by AUD primary school, Sabo Elegun.

“The building we reported was an eyesore and we recommended raiding by task force and the environmental body to the building is sanitised. The said building collapsed at about 07:30 hrs today Sunday 14th July 2024 entrapping 5 people.

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“Two people have been rescued so far while the remaining three are entrapped under the decking that requires the use of a Crain.

“While we await the crane, people are doing all they can within the physical human capacity to break the decking and connected rods. The LGA chairman and his team were around and they have gone to see how the Crain can be brought down. On ground are the SSG who just arrived , NSCDC, Police commissioner of police and the team, OSEMA, and other government dignitaries.”

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