Kogi Government Slams EFCC, Describe Agency’s Report On Yahaya Bello ‘Baseless Witch-Hunt

The Kogi State government has called out the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over what it described as a “witch hunt” of the immediate past governor, Yahaya Bello.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information in Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo on Friday, claimed that the witch-hunt was orchestrated by some political actors around the Presidency bent on destroying the image of the former governor.

It said the world would be eager to know why the Commission was trying so hard to find what was not missing, insisting that its funds were not missing, and called on the EFCC to desist from mentioning the name of Kogi State in its ongoing persecution.

“We believe that this ignoble agenda is unknown to President Bola Tinubu, who trusted those people with power with the hope that they will use it judiciously for the greatness of our nation.

“Unfortunately, they have decided to use the privileges given to them as tools for political vendetta.

“The amended charges in which the name of the former governor, Bello, was mentioned are false, frivolous, fictitious, and far from the truth. They are cooked-up charges that signpost their desperation to call a dog a bad name to hang it.

“The intention was to sensationalise the whole scenario and promote a media war against the former governor and other officials of government.

“We have seen how low EFCC and its paymasters can go to pander to the political agenda of those afraid of the rising profile of Alhaji Yahaya Bello,” it added.

The state government called on President Bola Tinubu to order a special probe into “what is happening in Kogi State before the EFCC is pushed into being used as a hired gun by political hawks who are acting a selfish and overambitious script.”

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