Sowore Demands Prosecution of US School, Kogi Ex-Governor, Yayah Bello, for Money Laundering: Calls for Accountability in Abuja Education Scandal

Human rights activist and political figure Omoyele Sowore has called for the swift prosecution of the American International School in Abuja, as well as the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and his nephew, Ali Bello, for their alleged involvement in a money laundering scheme.

Sowore made this strong demand for accountability on Friday, following reports of a $760,910.84 tuition refund from the American International School in Abuja to the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Sowore added that Bello’s overpayment of his children’s school fees may have been an attempt to launder funds.

Reports indicate that Bello paid in advance a staggering amount of school fees, up to 2034/35, for his children attending the American International School in Abuja, including his pre-school child, Zayyan Ali Bello.

The payments were made to the American International School, Abuja (AISA).

Another report has surfaced revealing that the American International School in Abuja has agreed to refund the sizable sum of $760,910.84 to the anti-corruption agency.

Reacting to the reports, Sowore express his dismay over the reported refund agreement between the American International School and the EFCC. Sowore, in his post, vehemently stated that allowing the refund of the money does not absolve the school, Bello, and his nephew from their criminal activities. Instead, Sowore emphasized the need for the authorities to prosecute the trio for money laundering, demanding that justice be served.

He wrote, “The American International School @AISAbuja, where fugitive former Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello @OfficialGYBKogi and his former Chief of Staff, Ali Bello, laundered close to $ 1 million in the name of paying “future school fees” of their wards should be charged and prosecuted for money laundering instead of being allowed to refund the money; this is the way the American justice system treats such cases on US soil, the @officialEFCC must also ensure the school discloses all such school fees paid by Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), I am sure there are a lot of discoveries that would be uncovered such that the school could be converted to a public school instead of its criminal connivance with financial criminals fleecing the Nigerian public across board, these must necessary apply to these ultra-expensive private schools in Nigeria.”


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