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Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja has issued a summons for the appearance of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, on May 13, 2024.

The summons stems from allegations of contempt of court brought forth by former governor Yahaya Bello.


Justice I. A. Jamil rendered the order based on an ex-parte motion filed by Bello’s legal representative, M.S. Yusuf, Esq. Bello’s counsel argued that EFCC operatives, in defiance of a court order, besieged Bello’s residence on April 17, 2024, with intentions to arrest him.

This action allegedly violated a court order restraining such actions until the determination of the Originating Motion.

Consequently, Bello sought an order to issue and serve Olukoyede with a Notice to show cause why he should not be held in contempt of court.

After considering the submissions and exhibits, Justice Jamil granted Bello’s prayers, directing Olukoyede to appear before the court to address the contempt charge.

The court noted that the EFCC allegedly violated the restraining order issued on February 9, 2024, and deemed their actions as contemptuous.

Justice Jamil emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and summoned Olukoyede to defend his actions on May 13, 2024.

This legal saga underscores the significance of judicial oversight and adherence to court orders, highlighting the ongoing tension between law enforcement agencies and the legal system.

The matter remains pending until Olukoyede’s appearance before the court.

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