Appeal Court Overturns Lokoja High Court Order in Yahaya Bello vs EFCC Contempt Case

By Abraham Amah

In a significant development in the legal battle between Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Court of Appeal has made a crucial ruling. 

Presided over by Justice Joseph O.K. Oyewole, the appellate court sets aside the Lokoja High Court’s order against the EFCC and its Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, in a case of contempt initiated by former governor Bello.

The Court of Appeal granted the EFCC’s motion for a stay of execution and proceedings in the contempt case, effectively putting a pause on the legal action before the Kogi State High Court. The court found merit in the ex parte motion and scheduled a hearing on the motion on notice for May 20, 2024.

Furthermore, the appellate court ordered substituted service of all case-related documents to be posted at Yahaya Bello’s last known address in Abuja. This decision effectively brings a temporary halt to the contempt proceedings against the EFCC and its chairman, allowing the appeal filed by the anti-graft agency against the Lokoja High Court’s ruling to move forward.

The case, labeled EFCC vs. Alhaji Yahaya Bello, bears the Appeal No: CA/ABJ/CV/413/2024, signifying a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal dispute between the parties involved.

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