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  • Samson Omale

Yahaya Bello: Appeal Court Sets Aside Contempt Proceedings Against EFCC Chairman

The Court of Appeal, Abuja, has set aside contempt proceedings initiated by the former Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, against the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.



Justice Joseph Oyewole set aside the proceedings in a unanimous judgment on Thursday while overruling the respondent’s preliminary objection, citing technicalities.


The Appeal Court said the trial judge failed to extend the orders of Feb. 9 in its final Judgment of April 17.


He said the second issue raised by the respondent on the interim order had become an academic exercise.


The court awarded N1 million cost against the respondent.


The appellate court had granted an ex-parte motion for stay of contempt proceedings filed against the EFCC’s Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, by ex- Governor Bello.


The Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Oyewole, granted the EFCC’s application to serve the processes in the appeal by substituted means on the former governor.


The court consequently adjourned the hearing of the motion on notice to June 20.

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