Yahaya Bello, the former Governor of Kogi state has revealed that he is ready to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Yahaya Bello
Yahaya Bello

This is to address the 19-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


Although Bello was not present for his arraignment, his legal team represented him in court on Tuesday.

A member of his legal team, SAN, Adeola Adedipe informed the court that Yahaya Bello would have attended the proceedings himself but was afraid about the arrest order placed on him.

The SAN urged the court to revoke the earlier issued ex parte arrest order against the former governor.

Yahaya Bello Not Present In Court

Adedipe argued that the charges had not been officially served to his client as required by law when the arrest order was issued.


It was only during the Tuesday session that the court approved the service of the charges to the defendant through his lawyer.

“The defendant wants to come to court but he is afraid that there is an order of arrest hanging on his head,” Adedipe, SAN, submitted.

Consequently, he urged the court to set aside the ex parte order of arrest it earlier issued against the former governor.

The SAN contended that as at the time the order of arrest was made, the charge had not been served on his client as required by the law.


Adedipe noted that it was only at the resumed proceedings on Tuesday that the court okayed substituted service of the charge on the defendant, through his lawyer.

“As at the time the warrant was issued, the order for substituted service had not been made.


“That order was just made this morning.

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“A warrant of arrest should not be hanging on his neck when we leave this court,” counsel to the defendant added.

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