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EFCC Re-arraigns Murtala Nyako for Fraud, Money laundering
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned the former governor of Adamawa State Murtala H. Nyako and eight others at the Federal High Court Abuja for an alleged money laundering and fraud.
They were arraigned yesterday on 37-count charges which were allegedly committed when Nyako held sway as governor in a suit with file number FHC/ABJ/CR/293/15. They pleaded not-guilty to all the charges at the resumption of the case yesterday.
On August 7, 2015, the EFCC had arraigned the governor alongside his son Abdulaziz Nyako and five firms before the late Justice Evoh Chukwu. The accused persons were alleged to have converted the sum of N29 billion allegedly proceeds of theft of funds belonging to the Adamawa State Government.
The prosecution, led by Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had called six witnesses before the demise of the late Justice.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, in his ruling, held that the defendants continue to enjoy the bail conditions earlier granted by late Chukwu, following their plea. The request of the prosecutor that the defendants’ surety should file a fresh affidavit was refused.
Abang ruled that the prosecutor failed to oppose the oral application of the defence counsel. He also added that the court cannot verify the condition of bail earlier granted and subsequently adjourned the case.