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Nyako, Son Berate EFCC Over Persecution

Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo



Embattled Adamawa state governor, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) on Wednesday berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for choosing to persecute rather than prosecute 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.

Speaking through his Counsel, Barr M.M Bakari, in a statement on Wednesday, Nyako noted that 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 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 known 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 shortly 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 their lawyer to court for defamation of character.

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

“That is totally false and in fact malicious. The truth is that Abdulaziz was in Nigeria during the electioneering campaigns.

He contested as a senator, went through the process of both security and party screening, campaigned for the election and was arrested by the EFCC in Gombe within the same period.

The statement added that Abdulaziz was brought to Abuja from Gombe, detained and was granted administrative bail with conditions to report daily which he complied.

In addition, it was pointed out that out of 37 count charges, many were contradictory, repetitive and often times spanning to December 2014, when as a matter of fact, Nyako was illegally removed from office in July 2014.

Consequently, he accused the EFCC leadership of “trying to persecute rather than prosecute a few high profile personalities in order to avert falling victims of the broom of change sweeping across all facets of the country.

When lawyers abandon the presentation of evidence and resort to dramatization and presentation of wild, malicious and false insinuations according to the statement, “it means a desire to malign the accused” Bakari posited.

“If there is any proof as to why the EFCC keep losing virtually all their cases, the manner of the prosecution of the Nyako case provides such proof abundantly.

From the framing of the charges to the conduct of their lawyers in court, everything was wrong.