Yahaya Bello’s Case Transfer Request be Heard in Open Court – CJ

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

Chief Judge John Tsoho of the Federal High Court has directed that the request by former Governor Yahaya Bello to transfer his alleged money laundering case from Abuja to Kogi State be heard in open court.

This follows a letter addressed to Bello’s counsel, Abdulwahab Muhammed, SAN, and Musa Yakubu, SAN, drawing attention to a pending appeal in the case.

The appeal, filed on May 17, 2024, seeks a consequential order remitting the case to the Chief Judge for reassignment.

Tsoho stated that it would be improper to take any step that would preempt the outcome of the appeal, as the main issue raised is jurisdictional in nature and will be more appropriately decided by the court.

The case involves allegations of converting state funds to purchase property in Abuja, and Tsoho noted that the filing of the charge could be in either Abuja or Lokoja.

He cited two ongoing cases where similar requests for transfer were made and refused by the lower court.

TCR learned that the matter is currently before trial judge Justice Emeka Nwite and has been adjourned until July 17 for hearing.

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