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Yahaya Bello: American International School of Abuja Takes Action, Remits $760,910 to EFCC

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In a recent development, the American International School of Abuja has reimbursed $760,910.84 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), stemming from alleged school fee payments made by a former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for his five children attending the institution. 

According to court documents submitted by the EFCC, the fees were intended to cover a 14-year period from 2021 to 2035.

Sources within the EFCC disclosed that the refund was made in two installments, with an initial repayment of $720,000 followed by an additional $40,910.

The school, after consultation with the EFCC, opted to retain a portion of the fees, estimated at $84,942, for the educational services provided.

READ ALSO: Ex-Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello Ready to Confront EFCC Charges in Court 

Confirming the refund, Mr. Dele Oyewale, the Head of Media and Publicity at EFCC, stated, “The school has remitted $760,910 to this commission.”

The EFCC further affirmed that the school formally communicated its intention to refund the fees to the EFCC’s Lagos Zonal Commander before proceeding with the payment.

In a letter addressed to the EFCC, the school reiterated its commitment to cooperate with the investigation, stating, “Please provide us with an official written request, along with the accurate banking details of the EFCC, for the reimbursement of the aforementioned funds, as previously indicated during your inquiry into alleged money laundering activities by the Bello family.”

The letter continued, “Since September 7, 2021, a total of $845,852.84 in tuition and related fees have been deposited into our bank account. After deducting the educational services rendered, the net amount to be refunded to the state is $760,910.84. No further tuition fees are expected, as the students’ accounts are settled until their graduation from AISA.”

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