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Ex-Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Loses Bid to Transfer N80.2b Trial to Home State

Former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has lost his bid to transfer his N80.2 billion fraud case from Abuja to Kogi State...READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE▶▶

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Justice John Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, dismissed Bello’s application on Monday.

The judge upheld the argument of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the case should remain in Abuja.

Bello is facing a 19-count charge of alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of public funds.

Despite denying the allegations, he has consistently failed to appear in court for his arraignment.

His lawyers had filed an application to transfer the trial to Lokoja, Kogi State, but the EFCC opposed the move, arguing that the alleged offences were committed partly in Kogi and Abuja, making either state a suitable venue for the trial.

In a letter signed by his Special Assistant, Joshua Ibrahim Aji, the Chief Judge agreed with the EFCC, stating that the law permits the filing of the charge in either Abuja or Lokoja. The judge also noted that two similar criminal charges are already being tried in the Federal High Court, Abuja and that transferring the case would be premature given the pending appeal.

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