Yahaya Bello: Abuja American School Refunds $760,000 to EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has received a $760,000 refund for advanced school fees paid by former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello for his children at the American International School, Abuja.

According to Dele Oyewale, the spokesperson for the EFCC, the school has refunded the entire sum to the EFCC’s recovery account, confirming the development in Abuja on Friday.

Bello purportedly paid $720,000 in advance as fees for five of his children from the Kogi State Government’s funds.

These children were enrolled in grades 2 to 8 at the American International School in Abuja.

The move comes after EFCC operatives laid siege to Bello’s residence in Abuja on April 17, aiming to arrest him over an alleged N80.2 billion fraud.

However, Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi reportedly arrived at the scene and took Bello away.

In response to the EFCC’s request, the American International School of Abuja sought authentic banking details for the refund of fees paid.

The school highlighted that $845,852 had been paid in tuition from September 7, 2021, to date, and the refundable amount was $760,910 after deducting educational services rendered.

The school further warned that it would notify the anti-graft agency of any further deposits made by the Bello family.

Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, previously disclosed that Bello had transferred $720,000 from the state’s coffers to a bureau de change to pay for his child’s school fees in advance.

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