Some civil society organisations have condemned what they described as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s anti-democratic approaches to issues of law enforcement against a former Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello. It also condemned the unjust application of state power by the Federal Government.

This came on the heels of a notice issued by the EFCC declaring Bello wanted for offences “in connection with an alleged case of money laundering to the tune of N80.2bn.”

The embattled former governor was placed on the watch list of the Nigerian Immigration Service while all police officers attached to him have equally been withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

However, the CSOs, numbering over 120, along with their members and supporters who hit the streets of Lagos on Saturday, faulted the actions of the Federal Government in the ongoing face-off between the EFCC and the former governor.

The press conference was led by the Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, Debo Adeniran; Sina Loremikan (Campaign Against Impunity), Declan Ihekhaire (Activists for Good Governance), Gbenga Soloki (CADOV), Ochiaga Ohaneze (Ohaneze Youth Council) and Funmi Jolade (Women Democratic Vanguard).

April 21, 2024

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