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N29b Fraud: Nyako’s trial ongoing at Abuja High Court

The trial of a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, is currently going on before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Ex-Governor Nyako is facing charges bordering on twenty-nine billion Naira fraud perpetrated while he was governor of Adamawa State.

Nyako is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC].

More details of the trial will be provided later as the trial progresses…


In the meantime, EFCC, has secured a total of 139 convictions between January and June 2018.

The figure, which is an improvement of the 89 convictions recorded in May, is indeed, significant in many respects.

Acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

This is particularly because it includes the conviction of two Politically Exposed Persons [PEPs] – Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba and Joshua Dariye, a serving Senator and a former governor of Plateau.

Both are currently serving their 14-year jail sentence for criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of public funds, and receiving gratification.

Reacting, EFCC says it has “remained consistent in its efforts of effectively changing the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system, and altering the general perception that there are some people who are above the Law.”

Further, the anti-graft agency, commenting on its record of convictions, stated:

“Suffice to state, that the record of convictions, also includes that of a former Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN], Joseph Nwobike, who was convicted for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

At the moment, several of such corruption cases are being prosecuted by the EFCC across the country, which the anti-corruption agency is determined to prosecute to a logical conclusion.

“The agency is determined not to rest on its oars, as it is poised to surpass the 189 convictions secured in 2017,” it added.

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