9 July 2015

Nigeria: Fraud - EFCC Arraigns Ohakim, Nyako

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Former governor of Adamawa Murtala Nyako.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in separate trials yesterday arraigned a former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, his son, Abdulaziz and two others over their alleged involvement in money laundering related offences.

Also yesterday, the trial of former Jigawa State governor, Malam Sule Lamido failed to hold due to his absence in court.

Lamido was supposed to be arraigned with his two sons at a high court in Kano but all of them failed to show up.

It was gathered that Lamido and his two sons missed their flight from Abuja to Kano for their trials.

It was further learnt that the former governor and two of his sons will hopefully arrive Kano yesterday afternoon from Abuja and may possibly be arraigned before the court today.

The trio were charged before the court on 24 count charges relating to alleged mismanagement of over N1.3 billion.

At a Federal High court in Abuja where Nyako and Ohakim are standing trials for corruption charges, while Ohakim was arraigned on a three count charge before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the court, Nyako, his son and two others were arraigned before Justice Evoh Chukwu of the same court on a 37 -count charge also bothering on corruption.

After the charge was read to Ohakim, he pleaded not guilty to the three- count charge.

Lawyer to the accused, Chris Uche SAN, thereafter moved an oral bail application.

But the court asked him to file a formal bail application.

The trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi later adjourned till today to hear the bail application. He also ordered that the accused be remanded in the EFCC custody.

Similarly, Nyako and three other accused persons pleaded not guilty to the 37 count charge bothering on the misappropriation of over N40 billion when it was read to them.

The court thereafter adjourned the bail application till Friday and ordered that the accused be remanded in the EFCC custody.

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