Austin Okai, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency in the 2023 elections, has alleged that former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, is currently hiding in the state government house.

In April, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared Bello wanted for failing to appear before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja for his arraignment on alleged N84 billion money laundering charges. The EFCC had called on anyone with information about Bello’s whereabouts to report to the commission or the nearest police station.

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In a statement released on Friday, Okai claimed that Ododo played a role in “helping Bello evade the EFCC by whisking him away from Benghazi Street Zone 4 in Abuja.”

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Okai further stated, “This information was reportedly brought to the President and Commander-in-Chief by the Northern Ethnic Youth Group Assembly (NEYGA).” He added, “The Attorney General of the Federation also warned Ododo about obstructing justice. It is widely believed that Bello is currently hiding in the Kogi State Government House, where he is being protected by Governor Usman Ododo. The truth remains that Ododo is allegedly being directed by Yahaya Bello from a hidden location.”