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Yahaya Bello denies EFCC allegations, asserts innocence amid controversy over children’s school fees

Yahaya Bello's Media Office Challenges EFCC's Claims, Citing Legal Proceedings and Family's Defense

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In a rebuttal to allegations levied by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the media office of former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, has vehemently denied accusations of misappropriation. The office, led by director Ohiare Michael, contends that the court has yet to substantiate the claims made against Bello, particularly regarding the purported diversion of state funds for personal use.

At the center of the controversy lies the allegation that Bello withdrew $720,000 from government accounts to prepay his children’s school fees. However, Bello’s media team asserts that the fees were paid from personal funds and not from the state treasury. Receipts of payments have circulated on social media, purportedly showing transactions made by Bello and his family members for educational expenses at the American International School, Abuja.

The statement issued by Bello’s media office underscores the former governor’s compliance with fee payments dating back to before his tenure in office. Moreover, it highlights ongoing legal proceedings, emphasizing that the matter is sub judice and awaiting adjudication by the courts.

Efforts by the EFCC to recover alleged funds from the American International School were met with legal challenges, resulting in a court mandate for the school to continue providing services for which fees had been paid. This, according to Bello’s camp, demonstrates the absence of wrongdoing in the payment process.

Amidst the contentious exchange, reports have surfaced of EFCC operatives besieging Bello’s residence, despite a court order prohibiting such action. The unfolding saga underscores the legal and public relations battle between Bello and the anti-corruption agency, with both sides standing firm in their respective positions.

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