Alleged money laundering: IG Egbetokun withdraws Policemen attached to ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has ordered the removal of all police officers assigned to the embattled former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

The order for the withdrawal is contained in a police wireless document with reference number: “CB:4001/DOPS/PMF/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.48/ 34 which reads in part, “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.”

The Nigerian Immigration Service has also included the former governor on its watchlist following the declaration by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that he is wanted in connection with an alleged money laundering case involving N80.2 billion.

Dated April 18, 2024, the NIS circular was signed by Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, DS Umar, on behalf of the Comptroller-General, Kemi Nandap.

The circular provides details including the former governor’s name, nationality, and passport number (B50083321), stating, “I am directed to inform you that the above-named person has been placed on the watch list.”

Furthermore, it indicates that the individual is currently facing prosecution before the Federal High Court Abuja for charges including conspiracy, breach of trust, and money laundering, as referenced in letter Ref; CR; 3000/EFCC/LS/EGCS.1/ TE/Vide/1/279 dated April 18, 2024.

“If seen at any entry or exit point, he should be arrested and referred to the Director of Investigation or contact 08036226329/07039617304 for further action,” the statement added.