Bello Vs EFCC: Case Transfer Request To Be Heard In Open Court – CJ

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The chief judge of the federal high court, Justice John Tsoho, has directed that the request by the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, for the transfer of the alleged money laundering case instituted against him, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to Kogi State,  be presented in open court.

In a letter addressed to his lawyers, misters Abdul Wahab Muhammed and Musa Yakubu, the chief judge drew the attention of the former governor’s counsels to a pending appeal in the case: yahaya adoza bello vs frn wherein the defendant had sought a consequential order remitting the case to the chief judge for reassignment.

The letter, signed by his special assistant, said as a result of this, it would be improper to take any step tantamount to pre-empting the outcome of the appeal.

“There is documentary evidence of a pending appeal in the case Yahaya Adoza bello vs frn filed on 17/05/2024 wherein the defendant as the appellant has sought a consequential order remitting the case to the chief judge for reassignment. It is not proper to take any step that will be tantamount to pre-empting the outcome of the appeal.

“The main issue raised is jurisdictional in nature and will be more appropriately decided by the court. The matter should therefore be presented in open court,” the CJ stated.

The chief judge noted that the main offence alleged bordered on the conversion of Kogi State funds to purchase properties in Abuja, and that the filing of the charge could either be in Abuja or Lokoja.

He referred to two ongoing cases before the FHC in charge no FHC/ABJ/cr/550/22 FRN vs Ali Bello and another, and another charge, FRN vs Ali Bello and 3 others, where a similar request for transfer was made and the lower court refused the application.

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