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Nyako, Son Allege Persecution By EFCC

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja

Embattled Adamawa State former governor, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC) for persecuting rather than prosecuting him over allegations of financial impropriety proffered against him by the agency.

Nyako spoke against the backdrop of what he termed “baseless, wicked and unfounded allegation” by the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacob, while opposing his (Nyako) bail application on July 10, 2015.

Through his Counsel, M.M Bakari, in a statement released on Wednesday, Nyako noted from Jacob’s claims, “it was obvious that the whole process was a stunt stage-managed by the leadership of the EFCC to achieve some public relations goal and probably anchor them on a pedestal that will impress the new leadership of the country”.


Bakari said that the most worrisome of all the allegations presented by the EFCC lawyer was the allegation that Nyako and his son, Abdulaziz, have a hand in the death of two witnesses of the commission.

Bakari explained that contrary to EFCC’s insinuation, two out of 31 witnesses on its list had died in hospitals after battling with certain ailments.

“They neither died at the same time nor slumped and died as insinuated by the EFCC.”

He pointed out that “while one died in a hospital in Abuja, the other died in a hospital in Yola after he returned from a complicated medical treatment abroad.

“It is therefore unfair, unjust and uncharitable to accuse Nyako and his son of the death of the two persons, who as every human being have a sure date with death.

“This is totally unethical and Admiral Nyako has already decided to sue both the EFCC and its lawyer for defamation of character.

More so, the lawyer dismissed as falsehood, EFCC’s allegation that Nyako’s son, Abdulaziz, jumped bail and returned to Nigeria after May 29.