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The Kogi Elites Forum (KEF), under the leadership of Engr. Usman Musa vehemently condemns the recent statement issued by JS Okutepa SAN regarding the ongoing Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) battles involving the former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the position of the state government.

In a strongly-worded rejoinder, KEF expressed disappointment at Okutepa’s attempt to interfere in matters that do not concern him and his misguided attempt to dictate the actions of the state government.

Engr. Atabo, representing the voice of Kogi’s Elites, emphasized that it is the sole responsibility of the Kogi State government to defend itself against any perceived intimidation of its leaders and any attempts aimed at tarnishing the image of the state.

He stressed that Okutepa, as a senior lawyer, should respect the rule of law and refrain from making inflammatory statements that could further escalate tensions surrounding the EFCC investigation.

The KEF asserted that Okutepa’s suggestion that the Commissioner of Information, Kingsley Fanwo, is not in the right position to respond to EFCC is unconstitutional and infringes on the state government’s right to defend itself against baseless allegations.

They emphasized that it is within Fanwo’s mandate to defend the state and its leaders against unwarranted attacks.

Furthermore, the group emphasized that Alhaji Yahaya Bello served Kogi State diligently during his tenure as Governor with massive Infrastructural developments, Security of life and Properties of the people as well as Transformative Governance in his eight years as Governor.

Atabo Stated that Yahaya Bello should not be subjected to baseless accusations or dragged into unnecessary controversies.

They refuted Okutepa’s insinuation that the state’s resources are being misused to defend Bello, stating that Fanwo is simply performing his duties as a government official representing the interests of the state and its citizens.

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KEF reiterated that Bello’s hands are clean and dismissed any notion that he is evading the EFCC investigation.

They pointed out that Bello has been actively participating in events within and outside the state, demonstrating his willingness to cooperate with relevant authorities.

Therefore, they urged Okutepa to refrain from making unsubstantiated claims and to focus on legal matters within the confines of the courtroom, rather than attempting to dictate the actions of the EFCC or the state Government.

KEF used the media briefing to thank the Good People of Kogi State for standing behind the former Governor describing the people’s actions as a demonstration of Appreciation for the outstanding performance of Former Governor Bello who won Numerous Awards from reputable organizations Within and outside Nigeria in Areas of Security, Transparency, and Good governance.

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