The immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has been advised to stop blackmailing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for prosecuting him over alleged N80 billion fraud.
A group, the Northern Ethnic Youth Group Assembly, NEYGA, in a statement on Friday reacted to campaign of calumny and blackmail trailing the EFCC’s prosecution of the former governor of Kogi State.
Yahaya Bello was believed to have mounted campaign of calumny to discredit the anti-graft agency, hence, the group’s Spokesman, Ibrahim Danmusa pointedly told the Ex-governor to come out hiding and clear his name.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Ibrahim Dan-Musa, and shared with journalists in Abuja, NEYGA stated that Yahaya Bello’s attempts to tarnish the reputation of the EFCC and its chairman are desperate moves to divert attention from his alleged involvement in the ₦80 billion fraud.
The group warned that Bello should not consider himself above the law and should willingly subject himself to investigation and answer any necessary questions.
It also pointed out that Bello is not above other former governors who are currently undergoing investigations for the mismanagement of state resources. NEYGA reiterated that Nigerians are aware of Bello’s alleged mismanagement and that a day of reckoning would eventually come for him.
“Remember how over 14 properties and ₦400 million linked to Yahaya Bello were confiscated by the EFCC, with the case now in court.”
The group urged the former Governor not to perceive himself as above the law. Instead, he should do the needful by subjecting himself to investigation and answering necessary questions, rather than remaining secluded inside the Kogi State Government House.
“Yahaya Bello is not above former Governors Fayose, Jolly Nyame, Dariye, Ramallan Yaro, and others who are undergoing investigations. Every Nigerian knows that Bello mismanaged state resources, and a day like this will eventually come.”
The Northern Ethnic Youth Group Assembly urged Yahaya Bello to halt his campaign of calumny and blackmail, and instead focus on clearing his name from the allegations of fraud.