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Alleged N80b Fraud: EFCC Director Laments Systemic Protection of Ex-Gov Yahaya Bello, Calls for Collective Action



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The Regional Director of the EFCC in Benin, Effa Okim, mentioned that the agency has been unable to arrest former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, due to the protection he is receiving from the ‘system’.

The Benin Regional Director of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Effa Okim, has expressed frustration over the agency’s inability to arrest former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, due to systemic protection.


Okim emphasized that the shame lies with the entire nation, not just the EFCC. He questioned why Bello’s colleagues and associates have not encouraged him to report to the EFCC, despite allegations of corruption.

Okim urged the media to harmonize and criticize Bello’s actions, demanding he make himself available for questioning. The EFCC director lamented the vanishing truth and the negative image this portrays for Nigeria’s children.

Gov. Usman Ododo and Yahaya Bello

In his words: “This is the last question I expected because the shame is on all of us. Is that a question I should answer alone? It’s not me, it is the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”

“That politically-exposed Yahaya Bello, whose crime has been traced to him by allegation and has been invited by EFCC to come and explain, and for months he is acting drama and we are all here wanting to ask questions! The shame is our own shame!

“Can’t we catch him? We can, but do we go all out to catch him? Do we need to do that when he has his masters? Can’t they call him and tell him, ‘You are disgracing Nigeria’? What are you telling the world? Tell him to go and explain himself like others have done.

“Where are the ministers? Where are Yahaya Bello’s colleagues, even in his hiding? So, Nigerians can’t tell him ‘This is not fair, go and report; they are not going to kill you’? But people are still eating and dining with him.”


“Where has morality gone before legality that we can’t summon that man and tell him to go and report himself to the EFCC? Some persons are writing, supporting him, while some are criticizing the commission.

“The problem is our own problem that borders on Nigeria’s image. Our children are watching their parents behave like children.

“The media should come out for the first time to harmonise, criticise that action and forget about prosecution but tell him to make himself available; thereafter we know what to do.”

“To me, the truth has vanished. Even in Animal Farm, this will not happen, that a man who was part of the system that was a custodian of our culture, rules and laws can behave like this and you are asking questions.

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