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Alleged N80.2 billion fraud: American International School Seeks Verified Banking Details for Yahaya Bello’s Children’s School Fees Refund

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Afor Kenneth 

The American International School of Abuja (AISA) has contacted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), requesting verified banking details for the reimbursement of fees paid for the children of the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Allegedly, Bello utilized Kogi State Government funds to make an upfront payment of $720,000 in school fees for five of his children, who are currently enrolled in grades 2 to 8 at AISA.

EFCC operatives attempted to apprehend Bello on April 17 at his residence in Abuja concerning an alleged N80.2 billion fraud.

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However, during the operation, the current Governor of Kogi, Usman Ododo, arrived and reportedly escorted Bello away.

In a letter addressed to the Lagos zonal commander of the EFCC, AISA disclosed that $845,852 had been disbursed for tuition from September 7, 2021, until the present.

The school stated that the refundable amount is $760,910 after deducting fees for educational services already provided.

“Please forward to us an official written request, with the authentic banking details of the EFCC, for the refund of the above-mentioned funds as previously indicated as part of your investigation into the alleged money laundering activities by the Bello family,” the letter reads.

“Since the 7th September 2021 to date, $845,852.84 (Eight Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty-Two US Dollars and eighty-four cents) in tuition and other fees has been deposited into our Bank account.

“We have calculated the net amount to be transferred and refunded to the State, after deducting the educational services rendered as $760,910.84. (Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ten US Dollars and Eighty-Four cents).

“No further additional fees are expected in respect of tuition as the students’ fees have now been settled until they graduate from ASIA.”

The school emphasized that it would promptly notify the anti-graft agency of any additional deposits made by the Bello family.

In a statement signed by Greg Hughes, AISA also said “Ali Bello contacted the school on Friday 13 August 2021 requesting to pay the family school fees in advance until the students graduate from High School”.

Following the events, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has officially declared Yahaya Bello wanted, while the Nigeria Immigration Service has placed the former governor on a watchlist.

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