80.2bn fraud: Yahaya Bello loses bid to transfer case to Kogi

80.2bn fraud: Yahaya Bello loses bid to transfer case to Kogi

Despite denying the allegations, he has consistently failed to appear in court for his arraignment.

His lawyers had applied to transfer the trial to Lokoja, Kogi State.

However, EFCC opposed the move, arguing that the alleged offences were committed partly in Kogi and Abuja, making either state a suitable venue for the trial.

In a letter signed by his Special Assistant, Joshua Ibrahim Aji, the Chief Judge agreed with EFCC, stating that the law permits the filing of the charge in either Abuja or Lokoja.

The judge also noted that two similar criminal charges are already being tried in the Federal High Court, Abuja and that transferring the case would be premature given the pending appeal.

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