Police Detain Ex-Governor Yahaya Bello's ADC Over Escape During EFCC Arrest Attempt

The police have detained the ADC and other officers of former Kogi governor Yahaya Bello, suspected of aiding his escape from an EFCC arrest over an ₦80.2 billion money laundering case. This high-profile case could set a precedent for holding public officials accountable in Nigeria.

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Police Detain Ex-Governor Yahaya Bello's ADC Over Escape During EFCC Arrest Attempt

Police Detain Ex-Governor Yahaya Bello's ADC Over Escape During EFCC Arrest Attempt

The police has detained the aide-de-camp (ADC) to former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, along with other police officers attached to Bello. The arrests were made on suspicion that the officers aided and abetted Bello's escape from his Abuja residence during an attempt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest him over an alleged ₦80.2 billion money laundering case.

The Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, had earlier ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Bello. Sources within the police stated that the ADC and the detained officers are under investigation for potentially assisting Bello's escape, which has caused a significant uproar within security circles.

The EFCC operation to arrest the former governor was part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct and possible breaches of the law against him. Bello was declared wanted by the EFCC for the alleged financial crime, and the Nigeria Immigration Service was directed to arrest him if he attempts to leave the country.

Why this matters: The detention of Bello's security detail and the allegations against the former governor highlight the ongoing efforts to combat corruption and hold public officials accountable in Nigeria. This high-profile case has the potential to set a precedent for future investigations and prosecutions of political figures suspected of financial crimes.

Additionally, the current Kogi Governor, Usman Ododo, has been accused of obstructing justice by allegedly helping Bello escape from the EFCC siege. "While EFCC laid siege on the entrance to the house, his successor Governor Ododo of Kogi arrived at the house, spent some time and left with some alleging Yahaya Bello was smuggled out in the governor's car," a police source stated. However, the Commissioner for Information in Kogi State dismissed the allegation, saying the former governor was not taken away in Governor Ododo's car.

The investigation aims to reveal what the ADC knows about the escape of the former governor and his possible whereabouts. The police have not released an official statement, but sources indicate the officers could face charges related to obstruction of justice or conspiracy to hinder a law enforcement operation.

Key Takeaways

  • Police detained ex-Kogi gov Yahaya Bello's ADC and officers for aiding his escape from EFCC
  • EFCC wanted to arrest Bello over alleged ₦80.2 billion money laundering case
  • Current Kogi gov Ododo accused of obstructing justice by helping Bello escape EFCC siege
  • Investigation aims to reveal ADC's knowledge of Bello's escape and his possible whereabouts
  • Detention highlights efforts to combat corruption and hold public officials accountable in Nigeria