FG re-arraigns former Adamawa governor, Murtala Nyako, Son, others


Following the death of former trial judge, the Federal Government has today re-arraigned former Governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako and his son before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja.

Nyako was arraigned alongside his son, Abdul-Aziz, a senator representing Adamawa Central in the National Assembly, Zulkifikk Abba, Abubakar Aliyu as well as five firms in a 37 count charge bothering on money laundering and alleged diversion of funds belonging to the Adamawa state government, totaling the sum of N29billion.

The firms arraigned alongside are Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms and Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.

Counsel to Nyako and his son, Kanu Agabi (SAN), urged the court to allow his clients continue to enjoy the bail conditions earlier granted to them by Late Justice Chukwu, while they were arraigned before him.

To this, prosecution counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi urged the court to order the former sureties who stood for them before Justice Chukwu, to depose to an affidavit as to their readiness to continue to stand as their sureties, and such affidavit should be filed before the next adjournment or some other date that the court would deem appropriate.

While arguing against the affidavit sought by the prosecution, Agabi said “the sureties had not given any contrary indication in the matter”. He noted that if the case was still before the late judge the application would not have been made.

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Justice Abang ruled that the defendants continue enjoying the bail earlier granted by Justice Chukwu since there was nothing before the court to show that the defendants jumped the earlier bail.

He held that such affidavit (sought by the prosecution) would amount to variation of the bail earlier granted them, except there was an opposition to the subsisting application for them to enjoy the bail earlier granted them.

“The affidavit being sought by prosecution would have been relevant if it had objected to the earlier bail granted the defendants”, Justice Abang ruled.

The judge adjourned the matter to November 17 & 21 for commencement of trial

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