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Kogi State government denies corruption allegations against former governor Yahaya Bello

Accusations by EFCC Branded as Politically Motivated Witch-Hunt, Says Commissioner for Information

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Amidst allegations of corruption leveled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former governor Yahaya Bello, the Kogi State Government has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the claims as politically motivated.

In an amended charge filed against the Chief of Staff against the incumbent Governor, Alli Bello, the EFCC implicated the former governor, alleging the diversion of approximately N100 billion prior to assuming office in September 2015.

In response, Kingsley Fanwo, the state commissioner for information, released a statement on Friday refuting the allegations, asserting that Kogi’s funds were not missing and accusing the EFCC of a deliberate campaign to tarnish Bello’s reputation.

Fanwo stated, “The amended charges in which the name of the former governor was mentioned are false, frivolous, fictitious, and far from the truth. They are cooked-up charges that signpost their desperation to give a dog a bad name to hang it.”

He further emphasized the state’s commitment to a zero-tolerance policy for corruption inherited from the previous administration, denouncing what he described as a relentless pursuit by the EFCC to fabricate corruption claims against Kogi State officials.

Calling upon President Bola Tinubu to intervene and order a special probe into the situation, Fanwo urged vigilance to prevent the EFCC from being used as a “hired gun by political hawks.”

The statement underscored the government’s stance on accountability while condemning what it deemed unwarranted attacks on the integrity of Kogi State.

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