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EFCC Asks Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria to Watch-list Yahaya Bello

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EFCC Asks Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria to Watch-list Yahaya Bello

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EFCC Asks Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria to Watch-list Yahaya Bello

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has requested INTERPOL in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria to place former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on a watch-list, according to a report by The Nation. This decision follows credible intelligence received by the EFCC.

The watch-list also includes Egypt, Libya, and Sudan, ahead of Bello’s expected appearance before a Federal High Court in Abuja on July 17th. Bello faces a 19-count charge for alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of public funds amounting to about N80.2 billion.

Despite denying the allegations, Bello has repeatedly failed to appear in court, most recently on June 13th and June 27th. He has filed an application to transfer his trial to the Federal High Court in Lokoja.

An EFCC source stated that multiple options are being considered to address the situation, including the possibility of storming the Kogi State Government House, where Bello is believed to be hiding. The EFCC is determined to prevent Bello from fleeing into exile, citing a failed attempt to exit to Morocco via Cameroon.

The EFCC Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, met with INTERPOL heads in North Africa to formally request the red alert, which has been accepted. The watch-list is now active, and Bello will be arrested if found in any of these countries.

The EFCC’s actions aim to ensure Bello’s appearance in court to prove his innocence and maintain the integrity of legal proceedings. At the last hearing, Bello’s lawyer, Adeola Adedipe (SAN), sought to withdraw his representation, highlighting an application to transfer the case to the Federal High Court in Lokoja.

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