“Last Kicks Of A Dying Horse” Nyako Blasts EFCC and Jonathan for Declaring Him Wanted

February 4, 2015 7:14 pm

Former governor of  has been declared wanted
by the anti- graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, . Also wanted by the is the son of the
ex-governor, , a retired Naval officer.
Both are wanted in a case of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.
Find the EFCC Press statement below

Former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has been declared wanted
by the anti- graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC. Also wanted by the EFCC is the son of the ex-governor,
Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako, a retired Naval officer.
Both are wanted in a case of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of
office and money laundering. – Wilson Uwujaren – head of media &
publicity for EFCC

The former governor described the anti-graft agency’s latest ambush
on him as the last kicks of a dying horse, saying President Goodluck
Jonathan, will soon be kicked out of office.
Mr. Nyako who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES through his media assistant,
Ahmed Sajoh, also noted that the Jonathan administration is intimidated
by the soaring support he (Nyako) has continued to get even after he
left office.
“I am not aware of being declared wanted. But that is good,” Mr. Nyako said.
“If you are wanted by a rouge system, it means you are a good person.
Has this government gone after anybody that is bad? They only run after
the good people and allow the bad people to roam around them, live
happily and enjoy whatever bad things they are doing.”
Mr. Nyako said he is not surprised at the latest action of the EFCC
and noted that many more Nigerians will be declared wanted by the
government.
He argued that the government is being intimidated by the mammoth
crowd that turned out for the All Progressives Congress, APC, rally in
Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
According to him, the Jonathan government is afraid that even when he
(Nyako) was no longer in office, the people of Adamawa State still love
and support him.
He drew attention to how the crowd went wild with dancing when one of
the songs eulogising the former governor was played at the APC rally in
Yola, saying no amount of blackmail can stop the people from loving Mr.
Nyako.
“When the time comes for them to be declared wanted nobody will sympathise with them,” he concluded.
PREMIUM TIMES has broken the story of how the former Adamawa governor was declared wanted by the EFCC.
Also wanted by the anti graft body is the son of the ex-governor, Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako, a retired Naval officer.
Both are wanted in a case of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.
The EFCC had in June 2014, shortly before the former governor was
impeached, frozen the bank accounts belonging to Adamawa in what it then
called a precautionary measure to safeguard the state treasury amidst
evidence of looting uncovered by its operatives.
The commission had alleged massive looting of the treasury by top
officials of Adamawa State government under Mr. Nyako, a development
that, at the time, led to the arrest and questioning of key officials,
including then Secretary to the State Government, the then State
Commissioner for Finance, the then Commissioner for Higher Education,
the then Accountant General of the State and the then Permanent
Secretary, Ministry for Local Government.
The EFCC said at the time that its investigation was triggered by
petitions alleging massive looting of the treasury by the governor and
his cronies through an illegal department called Special Programme and
Project Units, SPPU, which engaged in over invoicing and inflation of
contract.
“In the course of investigation, a critical analysis of the Joint
State/Local Government account reveals massive cash withdrawals,” a
source at the commission had told PREMIUM TIMES at the time.
The EFCC official accused the then Permanent Secretary of Local
Governments of making cash withdrawals of over N2 billion in 181
different transactions, scattered in tranches of N3 million, N4 million,
N8 million and N9 million per transaction from the State/Local
Government account domiciled with First Bank between 29th of August 2011
and 2012.
He also allegedly made similar cash withdrawals amounting to over
N500 million between March 6, 2008, and March 4, 2011, from another
Joint account domiciled in Keystone Bank, the source added.
“Other officials of the ministry who allegedly looted the Joint
Account include Justina Jari, a Principal Accountant with the ministry
who made cash withdrawals to the tune of N600 million from the Joint
Account between October, 2009 and February, 2011.
“Another staff of the ministry, Abdulhakeem Mohammed was also alleged
to have withdrawn about N3 billion from the account between February
2007 and May 2011. Two other staff, Mercy Wanje and Jumai Salihu were
also said to have made withdrawals of N1 billion and N160 million from
the account respectively,” the source said.
“On a single day, another staff called Haruna Hamali, a principal
store officer made a cash withdrawal of over N70 million from the same
account,” he said.
“The withdrawals were made and the money returned to top officials of
the state government as narrated and confirmed by the officials who
made the withdrawals.
“The state officials were arrested in connection with the withdrawals
and other ongoing investigations,” the source said at the time.

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