‘You are a criminal’ court lambastes Yahaya Bello, re-issues his arrest warrant

 The Federal High Court in Abuja has strongly rebuked Yahaya Bello, the former Governor of Kogi State, for attempting to disrupt his ongoing criminal trial. 

Justice Emeka Nwite delivered a ruling on Friday, reiterating the court’s previous order for Bello’s arrest and production in court to face the 19-count charge brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court condemned Bello for hiring lawyers to challenge its jurisdiction while evading arrest, demonstrating “no atom of respect and regard for the court.” 

By filing the application, Bello showed his intention to avoid trial. The court emphasized that Bello should have presented himself upon learning of the arrest order.

The law is clear: disobeying a court order and showing disrespect earns no favorable discretion. Bello should have obeyed the order by making himself available. 

The 1999 Constitution mandates all persons and authorities to enforce court orders. Bello wilfully disobeyed the order, and his refusal to appear is contempt of court. He cannot be heard or granted favorable discretion.

By refusing to appear, Bello aims to disrupt the arraignment and prevent the court from proceeding. His actions attempt to undermine the court’s authority and make it impossible for the court to assume jurisdiction. 

Bello must make himself available; he cannot file applications from the comfort of his home. 

The court’s order remains in force until set aside, and Bello’s disobedience will not be tolerated.

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