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Request for transfer of Yahaya Bello case to be heard in open session

The Chief Justice of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Justice John Tsoho, has ordered that the appliance by former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for the switch of the cash laundering case filed in opposition to him by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee to Kogi, be heard in open court docket.

This was acknowledged in a letter addressed to Bello’s attorneys, Abdulwahab Muhammed (SAN) and Musa Yakubu (SAN), during which the Supreme Court docket drew their consideration to a pending attraction within the case.

The pending attraction is between Yahaya Adoza Bello and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, during which the defendant has sought a consequential order remanding the matter to the Chief Justice for retrial.

The letter, signed by Particular Assistant to the Chief Justice Joshua Ibrahim-Aji, mentioned that consequently, it could be inappropriate to take any steps that would prejudge the end result of the attraction.

“There’s documentary proof of a pending case within the case of Yahaya Adoza Bello v FRN, filed on 17/05/2024, whereby the defendant as appellant sought a consequential order remanding the case to the Chief Justice for reassignment.

“It isn’t proper to take a step that quantities to prejudging the end result of the attraction.

“The principle subject at stake is one in all jurisdiction and is best determined by the court docket.

“The case should due to this fact be heard in open court docket,” mentioned the Supreme Court docket.

Tsoho famous that the primary offence bordered on changing state funds to buy actual property in Abuja and that the fees may very well be filed in both Abuja or Lokoja.

He referred to 2 pending circumstances on the FHC with case quantity: FHC/ABJ/CR/550/22 FRN vs. Ali Bello and one other case, and one other criticism in FRN vs. Ali Bello and three different circumstances, during which the same request for switch was made and the decrease court docket denied the request.

Bello is accused by the EFCC of 19 counts bordering on cash laundering, breach of belief and embezzlement of public funds value about N80.2 billion.

In the course of the newest proceedings on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja presided over by Justice Emeka Nwite, Bello’s lawyer knowledgeable the court docket of the previous governor’s letter to the Chief Justice stating that he could be summoned and tried on the Kogi Excessive Court docket.

Bello’s attorneys mentioned the Public Prosecutor’s Workplace was notified and their opinion was sought by way of a letter from the Chief Justice’s workplace dated June 14, 2024.

He added that the letter addressed to the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), was signed by the Particular Assistant to the Chief Justice.

“Enclosed you will discover a replica of a letter from the defendant’s legal professional relating to the above topic, dated June 10, 2024.

“I’m directed by His Lordship, the Honourable Chief Justice, to ahead the letter to you on your response inside 6 (six) days of receipt,” the letter reads partially.

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