Daniel Bwala: EFCC Granted Yahaya Bello Privileges Denied to Bobrisky

Lawyer and public affairs analyst, Daniel Bwala, has strongly criticized the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for what he perceives as preferential treatment given to former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, over convicted social media personality, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky. Bwala highlighted the disparity in treatment, particularly regarding privileges extended by the EFCC.

Bwala, a former spokesperson for Vice President Atiku Abubakar, condemned what he termed the EFCC’s disregard for the rule of law, branding the recent press conference by EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukayode, as a “media trial.” The EFCC had leveled accusations against Bello, alleging misappropriation of N80 billion among other offenses.

During a media briefing, Olukayode vowed to resign if he failed to prosecute Bello, whom he accused of evading arrest, detention, and prosecution. Bwala, in response to this, criticized the press conference as resembling a courtroom drama, suggesting it provided Bello with an opportunity to evade justice.

Bwala argued that the press conference mirrored a trial, with the media acting as both prosecutor and judge, while Bello was denied the opportunity to state his case. He expressed concern over the EFCC’s approach to prosecution, which he believes has led to high-profile cases slipping out of control.

The analyst questioned the necessity of holding a meeting to discuss the substance of the charges against Bello, especially considering that legal proceedings were already in motion. He suggested that the EFCC’s actions may reinforce Bello’s claims of persecution rather than pursuit of justice.

Bwala pointed out discrepancies in the treatment of Bello and other individuals, such as Bobrisky, by the EFCC. He highlighted the lack of consistency in affording special privileges and respect, raising concerns about the transparency and fairness of the commission’s actions.

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