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N29 Billion Fraud Case: Court Says Ex-Adamawa Governor, Nyako, Son, Others Must Face Trial




A Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Abuja on Monday dominated {that a} former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has a case to reply within the N29 billion fraud costs introduced in opposition to him by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee.

Nyako is being prosecuted by the EFCC alongside his son, Abdul-Aziz, two corporations, Sebore Farms and Extension Ltd and Pagado Fortunes Ltd, in addition to Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Blue Opal Ltd, Tower Property Administration Ltd, and Crust Vitality Ltd on  37 counts of felony conspiracy, stealing, abuse of workplace, and cash laundering.

The Fee closed its case after it had known as 21 witnesses, however slightly than open their defence, the defendants opted for a no-case submission on the grounds that the prosecution had did not hyperlink them to the alleged offences.

However in his ruling on Monday, Justice Okon Abang, dismissed the defendants’ no-case-submission and ordered them to enter their defence.

“I’ve calmly, rigorously, and painstakingly scrutinised the proof adduced by the 21 witnesses in chief and below cross-examination, together with the oral and written arguments of all of the defendants.

 “I’ve once more rigorously and painstakingly thought-about the proof of the 21 witnesses and the large documentary proof and the extrajudicial statements of the defendants.

“I’ve rigorously thought-about the authorized arguments of all of the counsel for the defendants, their written and oral arguments, and the argument of the prosecution.

“It’s my humble however agency view that the prosecution has established a prima facie case in opposition to the defendants, and they’re required to enter their defence instantly,” Justice Abang stated

The trial has been adjourned until October 4, 5, 7, and eight for the defendants to open their case.

The final witness to be known as by the prosecution was Kobis Harithimnu, a former Secretary to Adamawa State Authorities, who testified through video hyperlink.

The witness had instructed the court docket that there have been two departments in his workplace, which he oversaw, particularly: the Safety and Particular Providers Workplace and Political Providers, including that memos have been often generated by the everlasting secretary and dropped at him for endorsement earlier than sending to the governor’s workplace for approval.

He stated, “It’s the governor that approves the memos, and collects the cheques from the accountant of the division or typically from the everlasting secretary. A few of the cheques are despatched to the governor by me.”

He added that he defined to the everlasting secretary that the process was irregular.

The trial which started on July 8, 2015 earlier than Justice Evoh Chukwu, began afresh on September 12, 2016 earlier than Justice Abang, following the demise of Justice Chukwu on June 8, 2016, after the prosecution had already known as 5 witnesses.

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