The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has requested INTERPOL to place former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on a watch-list in three North African countries—Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria—based on credible intelligence.

Additionally, Bello has been listed in Egypt, Libya, and Sudan.

Sources within the anti-graft agency revealed that several measures are being considered to address Bello’s situation, including the possibility of apprehending him at the Kogi State Government House in Lokoja, where he is believed to be hiding.

This action comes ahead of Bello’s anticipated appearance before a Federal High Court in Abuja on July 17th, where he faces a 19-count charge related to alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of public funds totaling approximately N80.2 billion.

Despite denying the allegations, Bello has repeatedly failed to appear before Justice Emeka Nwite on June 13th and June 27th. During the last hearing, he filed an application to transfer his trial to the Federal High Court in Lokoja.

An EFCC source commented, “In preparation for the upcoming court session, the EFCC has initiated various measures, including actively pursuing the watch-listing of Bello in North Africa. We are aware of attempted exits to Morocco via Cameroon and are determined to prevent his flight into exile.”

EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede recently engaged with INTERPOL heads in North Africa, formally requesting the issuance of a Red Notice against Bello, effective immediately across the region.

“This step is necessary because we suspect he has been evading arraignment,” the source added. “We expect Bello to appear in court to defend himself. EFCC must fulfill its mandate to uphold the rule of law and deter misconduct.”