'Our Restraint To Provocation Not Sign Of Weakness' — EFCC Reacts As Ododo Helps Yahaya Bello

Date: 18-04-2024 9:06 am (1 month ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cautioned members of the public against obstructing its operatives from carrying out their lawful duties.

The warning comes after Usman Ododo, Governor of Kogi, whisked away his predecessor, Yahaya Bello, from the anti-graft agency’s siege in Abuja on Wednesday.

Recall that stern-looking operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) barricaded Benghazi Street in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, where the residence of the former Governor is situated, to arrest him.

The operatives’ presence is not farfetched from the N84 billion fraud case against Yahaya which the anti-graft agency is currently investigating.

The anti-graft agency had named Bello in an amended money laundering charge filed against Alli Bello, Chief of Staff to the incumbent Governor of Kogi.

Information Nigeria had reported that incumbent Governor Usman Ododo, visited the embattled former Governor amidst the heavy security crackdown.

Ododo arrived at Bello’s residence at about 2:30 pm Wednesday, alongside several security operatives and youth supporters protesting against the siege to Bello’s home.

Following Ododo’s departure, reports filtered in that Bello was in his vehicle, forcing security operatives who had been on standby for hours to open fire.

Reacting to the development on Wednesday night, Dele Oyewale, EFCC’s spokesperson, said the warning became necessary due to the “increasing tendency of persons and groups under investigation by the commission” to “take the laws into their hands by recruiting thugs to obstruct lawful operations of the EFCC.”

The Commission wrote via X: ”Section 38(2)(a(b) of the EFCC Establishment Act makes it an offence to prevent officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. Culprits risk a jail term of not less than five years,“ the statement reads.

“On several occasions, operatives of the Commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such provocation to avoid a breakdown of law and order. Regrettably, such disposition is being construed as a sign of weakness.

“The Commission, therefore, warns that it will henceforth not tolerate any attempt by any person or organisation to obstruct its operation as such will be met with appropriate punitive actions.”

Posted: at 18-04-2024 09:06 AM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
- fineboy77 at 18-04-2024 11:22 AM (1 month ago)
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 Cool Cool Cool

Posted: at 18-04-2024 11:22 AM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
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- nikiniki at 18-04-2024 12:40 PM (1 month ago)
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what I don't understand is why they all have the trait of running after their tenure expires.
Posted: at 18-04-2024 12:40 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 18-04-2024 12:55 PM (1 month ago)
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corruption!! Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 18-04-2024 12:55 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
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- OmoNobaUku at 18-04-2024 02:18 PM (1 month ago)
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It is a sad state of affairs that a former Governor wouldn't voluntarily submit himself to interrogation before a bonafide arm of Govt; even if only to prove his innocence, if he is indeed innocent. And that a serving governor would have assisted him in perverting the course of justice, simply because the accused is his political God father. How can our country move forward when political leaders have these types of mindset and behaviours?
Posted: at 18-04-2024 02:18 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Baye77 at 18-04-2024 03:51 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: OmoNobaUku on 18-04-2024 02:18 PM
It is a sad state of affairs that a former Governor wouldn't voluntarily submit himself to interrogation before a bonafide arm of Govt; even if only to prove his innocence, if he is indeed innocent. And that a serving governor would have assisted him in perverting the course of justice, simply because the accused is his political God father. How can our country move forward when political leaders have these types of mindset and behaviours?
Innocent ke... Bello is a thief, and he installed his puppet cousin to rule kogi people while he dictate to him in the background. I pity the state of kogi.
Posted: at 18-04-2024 03:51 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
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