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.

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