Saturday, 23 April 2016

Ex- governor Nyako’s counsel rejects document sort to tender by EFCC

Ex- governor Nyako’s counsel
rejects document sort to tender

     – Ex-governor, Murtala Nyako, has been
undergoing trial bordering on a 37-count
– Nyako was impeached as Adamawa state
governor on July 15, 2014
– Yakubu Maikyau, Nyako’s counsel,
rejected dome documents at the court
Murtala Nyako
Yakubu Maikyau, a counsel to ex-governor
Murtala Nyako, on Friday, April 22, rejected a
public document sort to tender by the
Economic and Financial Crime Commission
(EFCC) as evidence of witness against him.
In a cross examination of Celestine Idiaya of

Diamond bank who was brought before
Justice Evoh Chukwu of the federal high
court by the EFCC.
Maikyau said the documents sort to tender
before the court lacks merit and as well
contravenes the public document evidence
act of section 104 and section 54 of the
2011 evidence act of the constitution.
According to him, the documents were not
duly certified by the officials who are the
custodians of the documents, saying
that photocopies of international passport
and corporate affairs certificates attached
to the Diamond bank letter, were mere
computer print outs without been  certified
by their officials.
He prayed that the court rejects all the
documents for lacks of merits and
document not duly certified with names and
signatures of the officials involves which is
in compliance with section 104 of the public
document act 2011.
But Adebisi Adeniyi, a counsel to EFCC,
objected saying the document be accepted
because they were attached documents to
the letter by Diamond Bank and were not
extracted from the computer as claimed by
After consultations, Justice Chukwu said the
EFCC are delaying court proceedings by
presenting documents and witness lately.
After deliberations, he reserved ruling on the
matter to May 6 2014

Nyako was arraigned together with his co-
accused by anti-graft agency on a 37-count
charge bordering on criminal conspiracy,
stealing, abuse of office and money
laundering to the tune of N29 billion.
The accused persons are alleged to have, at
various times between 2011 and 2013, used
five companies – Blue Opal Nigeria Limited,
Serore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda
Fortunes Limited, Towers Assets
Management Limited and Crust Energy
Limited to commit the fraud.
Nyako was impeached as Adamawa state
governor by the state House of Assembly on
July 15, 2014. While his son, Abdul-Aziz
Nyako is the senator representing Adamawa
central in the National Assembly.