The American International School of Abuja has reportedly refunded $760,910.84 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) out of the $845,852 allegedly deposited to the school.

This refund pertains to the school fees deposited for five children of the former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

The EFCC previously prosecuted Yahaya Bello over allegations of defrauding the state of the sum of N80.2 billion to pay his children’s school fees, a claim vehemently denied by Yahaya. He vowed not to succumb to any blackmail or engage in “coming through the backdoor.”

The sum of $845,852 was purportedly paid to the school by Bello in August 2021 to cover the education expenses of four of his children in the school. Additionally, another payment was made for one child “to be enrolled in August 2022 if the application is successful and there is space available.” These fees were intended to cover a period of 14 years (2021–2035), as per documents filed in court by the EFCC to support its case against the former governor.

According to a top source within the EFCC, the American school refunded the school fees in two installments. Initially, it returned $720,000 to the EFCC, followed by an additional refund of $40,910. Subsequently, the school opted to retain a portion of the fees, approximately $84,942, for its services.

When reached for an official statement, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale, confirmed that the school had refunded a total of $760,910 to the commission.

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