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Yahaya Bello Agrees To Submit Self For Arraignment June 13


Yahaya Bello Agrees To Submit Self For Arraignment June 13

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After a period of contention, Yahaya Bello, the former governor of Kogi State, has reached an agreement to present himself for arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 13, regarding the corruption charges leveled against him.

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This decision was conveyed by Bello’s lead counsel, Abdulwahab Mohammed, who assured Justice Emeka Nwite of Bello’s compliance shortly after the court dismissed the defendant’s request for trial suspension.

Mohammed emphasized that Bello’s willingness to face arraignment stemmed not from fear, but concerns for his safety, particularly in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja. Allegations of consistent threats to Bello’s life prompted him to take measures for his safety, including temporarily going underground.

Justice Nwite’s remarks regarding the EFCC’s adherence to the law played a pivotal role in Bello’s decision to submit to trial. The judge reiterated that Bello, like other former governors, was subject to legal processes and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. He advised Bello’s legal team to ensure their client respected the court’s authority and the rule of law.

In response to the judge’s counsel, Bello’s lawyer expressed gratitude and affirmed their commitment to bringing Bello to court, provided assurances of his safety were upheld. The lawyer requested a four-week timeframe to facilitate Bello’s appearance.

With no opposition from the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, Justice Nwite scheduled June 13 for Bello’s arraignment, where his plea will be formally recorded. This development marks a significant step in the legal proceedings surrounding Yahaya Bello’s case, signaling a willingness on his part to engage with the judicial process despite concerns for his safety.

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