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

A Federal High Court 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 prices introduced in opposition to him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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

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The Commission closed its case after it had known as 21 witnesses, however quite 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.

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

“I have calmly, carefully, and painstakingly scrutinised the evidence adduced by the 21 witnesses in chief and under cross-examination, including the oral and written arguments of all the defendants.

 “I have again carefully and painstakingly considered the evidence of the 21 witnesses and the massive documentary evidence and the extrajudicial statements of the defendants.

“I have carefully considered the legal arguments of all the counsel for the defendants, their written and oral arguments, and the argument of the prosecution. N29 Billion Fraud Case: Court Says Ex-Adamawa Governor, Nyako, Son, Others Must Face Trial 3

“It is my humble but firm view that the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendants, and they are required to enter their defence immediately,” 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 Government, who testified through video hyperlink.

The witness had instructed the courtroom that there have been two departments in his workplace, which he oversaw, particularly: the Security and Special Services Office and Political Services, including that memos had 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 is the governor that approves the memos, and collects the cheques from the accountant of the department or sometimes from the permanent secretary. Some of the cheques are sent 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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