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Nyako: Living With Controversies

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 3:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sola Alabadan



Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), who was sworn in as Governor of Adamawa State in May 2007 has become very popular in Nigeria due to the fact that he has always been enmeshed in controversies.
Prior to becoming a democratically elected governor, he served in the Navy, and was during this period, elected military governor of Niger State, and later appointed Chief of Naval Staff in December 1989.
Since he joined politics in 2006, however, Nyako has always been in the news.

Not long after he assumed office as the governor, in February 2008, the Election Petition Tribunal found him guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the House. The tribunal upheld nullification of his election, and the House Speaker James Barka was sworn in as Acting Governor on February 26, 2008.

A fresh election was subsequently conducted, and Nyako was reelected with a landslide victory taking all 21 Local Government Areas, resuming office on April 29, 2008.
As if that was not enough, the state lawmakers soon initiated moves to impeach Nyako, but were dissuaded after the personal intervention of the then President Umaru Yar’Adua. The relationship between the executive and legislative arms improved, and in March 2010 the Adamawa State House of Assembly passed a vote of confidence in Governor Nyako describing the Governor as a “messiah” to the people of the state.

man-in-the-newsIn 2012, after the Governor first tenure, he ran for a second term and was once again re-elected. On July 15, 2014, the governor was impeached as the state House of Assembly deliberated on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconduct against him.

Few months after he was impeached from office, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared Nyako and his son, Abdul Aziz, wanted.
The spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said “The duo of Murtala Nyako, former governor of Adamawa state and Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako, are wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.”

The EFCC also stated that “the former governor and his accomplice, failed to honour invitations by the Commission.”

Incidentally too, both Nyako and his son served in the Nigerian navy before venturing into politics.

Earlier, the EFCC froze the bank accounts of Adamawa “in order to prevent the looting of the state treasury”.
The EFCC had said that it was investigating petitions of alleged looting by Nyako and his cronies through a project titled: Special Programme and Project Units (SPPU).

Now, a Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the former governor, his son, Abdul-Aziz, and others being prosecuted along with him for about N29 billion fraud charges.
The bail was granted to the four accused persons in the sum of N35 million each with each of the four accused persons required to produce two sureties each or one surety who must be a serving director in any Federal Government establishment.

The court also demanded that the sureties must have landed property in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, which the court ordered must be verified by the court bailiff.

Besides, the sureties were made to swear an affidavit of means. Justice Evoh Chukwu, who in a ruling dismissed the objection of the EFCC earlier, also ordered the accused persons to deposit their passport and other travel documents with the court registrar.
At present, Abdul-Aziz is the senator representing Adamawa Central in the National Assembly.
Other firms arraigned along with Nyako and his son were Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms and Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.