Nyako, Son Re-arraigned, Granted Bail on Old Terms

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned the former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd), son, Abdul-Aziz and seven others, Monday, before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja, over N40bn fraud.
They were arraigned on 37-count charge.
The crime was allegedly committed while Nyako held sway as Governor.
The EFCC had on August 7, 2015, arraigned Nyako, along with his son, as well as five firms before the late Justice Evoh Chukwu.
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, then re-assigned the case to Abang following the death of Chukwu in June.
The prosecution, led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had called six witnesses before Chukwu’s demise.
At the resumption of the case Monday the defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Following their plea, the trial Judge, Justice Abang ruled that the defendants should continue to enjoy the conditions earlier granted by late Chukwu.
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 defendants.
He said the court cannot varied the condition of bail earlier granted.
And subsequently adjourned to November 17 and 23 for continuation of the trial.
In the counts 1 to 13 of the charge, FHC/ABJ/CR/293/15, filed on July 7, 2015,, the EFCC alleged that between September 26, 2011, and May 31, 2012, the accused persons converted the total sum of N1.845bn, which allegedly to be proceeds of theft of funds belonging to the Adamawa State Government.

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