Stop Media Trial Of Yahaya Bello, Lawyer Tells EFCC

Stop Media Trial Of Yahaya Bello, Lawyer Tells EFCC

Stop Media Trial Of Yahaya Bello, Lawyer Tells EFCC

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been asked to refrain from incessant media trials of immediate past governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

A legal activist and constitutional lawyer, Wilfred Molokun, said the EFCC in an attempt to arrest and arraign Bello has engaged in a media trial.

He said it is absurd for an agency charged with responsibility for the enforcement of all economic and financial crimes laws to throw overboard the rule of law in its desperation to “persecute, prosecute and humiliate a former governor”.

Molokun a legal practitioner of over three decades in practice made the call while fielding questions on the judgement of Kogi State High Court delivered on April 17 , 2024 by Justice Isa Jamil Abdullahi, who granted an order restraining the EFCC “from continuing to harass, threaten to arrest or detain” Bello based on the criminal charges now pending before the federal high court in Abuja.

He said decorum and decency should be the order of the day, stressing that EFCC should allow the trial court judge of the Federal High Court who is seized of the matter to make a ruling on Bello application seeking to vacate the warrant of arrest, essentially as the court has now been adequately addressed by both parties on the issues.

According to him, the rule of law should reign supreme in the conduct of citizens including corporate bodies like EFCC.

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