FG Tightens Noose on Fugitive Yahaya Bello, Withdraws His Police Security, NIS Places Him on Watchlist

The Federal Government is tightening the noose on former governor of Kogi State, Mr. Yahaya Bello who on Thursday connived with his successor, Usman Ododo to evade arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.


In a new development, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Olukayode Egbedokun has withdrawn all police security detailed to guard the former Kogi Strongman.

Is a signal issued late Thursday, the IGP ordered immediate withdrawal of all the police personnel around Bello.

The wireless signal reads: “IG has ordered the withdrawal of all policemen attached to His Excellency and former Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello

“Acknowledge compliance and treat with utmost importance. Please, above, for your information and strict compliance.”

Similarly, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has also issued a security alert on the former governor by placing him on watch-list to ensure that he does not escape from any Nigerian Airport or land border.

The NIS in a circular dated 18th April, 2024 and signed by Assistant Comptroller General  D. S. Umar which was copied to the Directors  General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) as well as the Inspector General of Police and all Zonal Coordinators of the NIS, simply read: : “I am directed to inform you that the above-named person has been placed on the watch list.”

Suffice to mention that the subject is being prosecuted before the Federal High Court Abuja for conspiracy, breach of trust and money laundering vide letter fre, CR; 3000/EFCC/LS/EGC5.1/TEV1/279 dated 18th April, 2024. If seen at any entry or exit point he should be arrested and referred to the Director of Investigations or contact-08036226329/07039617304 for further action.

FACTSHEET reported that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Lateef Fagbemi had on Thursday in a statement advised the fugitive former governor to honourably turn in himself to the EFCC.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *