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Former Governors, Senator To Appear In Court


Former governors, Ikedi Ohakim and Murtala Nyako have been arrested by officials of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and set to to be arraigned at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday on different cases of alleged corruption Premium Times has reported.


Former Governor, Murtala Nyako

Also to be to be arraigned is Mr. Nyako’s son, senator Abdul-aziz Nyako.  EFCC said the two Nyakos were wanted on allegations of stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

The commission wants the junior Nyako to explain how over N15 billion belonging to Adamawa State was allegedly laundered into the accounts of five companies said to owned by him.

The companies are Blue Opal Nigeria Limited, Crust Energy Nigeria Limited, Blue Ribbon Multilinks Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Blue Ribbon Bureau De Change.

According to EFCC, funds were allegedly funnelled into the accounts of the five companies, from Adamawa state government bank accounts. The transfer was done by the account officer who incidentally is the manager of the bank and an in-law to former governor, Mr. Nyako. EFCC said the manager claimed he transferred the funds based on verbal instructions from the former governor for purposes that were not stated.

The commission said its investigations revealed that from 2007 to 2011, the then Governor Nyako directed that all state-owned accounts domiciled in various banks be transferred to the account supervised by his in-law.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recently arrested the former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido.

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