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EFCC says it will no longer allow obstruction of its operations after Ododo interfered in Yahaya Bello’s attempted arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned that obstructing its officers from carrying out their lawful duties is a criminal offence.

This comes after Kogi State Governor, Usman Ododo, interfered when EFCC operatives laid siege on his predecessor Yahaya Bello’s home on Wednesday, April 17.

The EFCC operatives had earlier restricted movement in and around Bello’s house on Benghazi Street, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

However, Ododo arrived at Bello’s residence and whisked him away.

The anti-graft agency had named Bello in an amended money laundering charge filed against Alli Bello, chief of staff to the incumbent governor of Kogi.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dele Oyewale, spokesperson of the agency, said the warning became necessary due to the “increasing tendency of persons and groups under investigation by the commission” to “take the laws into their hands by recruiting thugs to obstruct lawful operations of the EFCC”.

”Section 38(2)(a(b) of the EFCC Establishment Act makes it an offence to prevent officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. Culprits risk a jail term of not less than five years,“ the statement reads.

“On several occasions, operatives of the Commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such provocation to avoid a breakdown of law and order. Regrettably, such disposition is being construed as a sign of weakness.

“The Commission, therefore, warns that it will henceforth not tolerate any attempt by any person or organisation to obstruct its operation as such will be met with appropriate punitive actions.”

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