June 15, 2015

Alleged 15bn fraud: Court declines to stop EFCC from arresting Nyako

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA — The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, declined to restrain the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from arresting the former Governor of Adamawa State , Admiral Murtala Nyako over his alleged complicity in money laundering.
Nyako was alleged to have siphoned over N15billion from the Adamawa State treasury while he held sway as its governor.

The anti-graft agency had previously declared him and his son, Abdul Azizi wanted following their alleged refusal to honour many invitations from the commission.

Subsequently, his son was arrested in Gombe state on February 14 by EFCC operatives.

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

EFCC insisted that the ex-governor who was impeached from office on July 15, 2014, by the Adamawa State House of Assembly over alleged gross misconduct, used his son and other top officials of the state government and looted public funds.

Meantime, following the swearing-in of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nyako who went on self-exile during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan, returned to the country May 30.

He later surrendered himself to the EFCC which on June 1, grilled him for over 10 hours at its headquarters in Abuja.

Meanwhile, in a pre-emptive move yesterday, Nyako approached the high court with a motion ex-parte wherein he sought for an interim order of injunction against all the security agencies in Nigeria.

Further cited as respondents in his motion dated May 28 and marked FHC/ABJ/CS/474, which was moved in court yesterday by his lawyer Mr. E.O. Ogumgbede, were the EFCC, the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Service.

Specifically, Nyako prayed the court to grant him, “an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents, their servants, privies or whoever they may assign, from arresting, detaining, harassing, intimidating, threatening or taking any untoward action against the applicant in connection of the facts of this case, pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons before this court”.