EFCC declares ex-Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako, son, wanted

FILE PHOTO: Murtatala Nyako, impeached governor of Adamawa state

A 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.

The EFCC had in June 2014, shortly before the former governor was impeached, frozen the bank accounts belonging to the state government 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 EFF 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 EFCC official said at the time.

Mr. Nyako was later impeached by the State House of Assembly. His whereabouts have remained unknown ever since.


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  • Sam

    No problem. All Murtala Nyako has to do is to counter-accuse Jonathan.
    Sanusi Lamido used that counter-accusation to good effect and got away.
    Hahahahaha!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Amaechi will be next. APC is a criminal gang.

    • Ukpaka

      stick to issue. Everything is not about PDP and APC.

      • Mazi

        See you and issues. When the other discussants brought in Jonathan and election into a purely EFFC matter you diddnt tell them to stick to issues. HYPOCRITICAL ignoramuses. APC is a pack of thief…from Tinubu to Saraki to Goje to Amaechi etc. They have stolen tons of naira from Nigeria. And as Jonathan returns to power they will all go to prison. We are going forward and never backward. We will go forward with Jonathan.

    • dd

      Tinubu is there with Lagos tax payer money

  • Dazmillion

    Jonathan said he prefers to fight corruption with technology rather than arresting people. Why is EFCC disobeying the president?

    • Gbofia Lunar

      They are not disobeying only waiting for the said alien technology to make its debut… Apple and Samsung will be unveiling at a date only known to Jonothing…

      • Chris1408

        Hahaha good one

      • Dazmillion

        Dont mind Jonathan and they say he has a PHD

      • larry

        Nayko is missing ! Just another APC criminal 🙂

    • blueeyedkitten

      haha!

    • dd

      They first batch of the technology just arrived in EFCC office. So they need to start testing it.

      • CY

        Good. Very appropriate answer.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      Only a Ph.d holder with epilepsy will make such a dumb remark. The West have all the technologies but arresting criminals is their first point of action

      • Dazmillion

        Bros, Jonathan is just incorrigible

  • warry

    To me if you have facts just charge the person to court,but Nigerians in our ignorance we call this sensational type fighting corruption. If you don’t do this type, they will say you are not fighting corruption.

  • Ukpaka

    EFCC is good at chasing ghosts. I have no problem with them going after corrupt politicians, irrespective of their social status. They just need to go after corrupt ex-governors moving around in Nigeria with police escorts before chasing a governor on the run.

    • paul preston

      You see yourself it is plitics abi? I always say that most Nigerians do not believe in fighting corruption,this is a clear case are you aware that for the 7yrs plus leadership of Nyarko he did not complete nor commission any project in that state.The day this govt arrest any NNPC official the hypocrites like you will rise up to defend them

      • Ukpaka

        I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Though he has lost the right to, Nigerians may allow Mr. Jonathan contest on February 14th, but in the event there is any treacherous attempt to postpone the elections, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan must resign immediately. I am sure I am speaking for most Nigerians here. We are tired of a corruption embracing, ethic fractionizing, religious polarizing, army undermining, reputation bankrupting, economic collapsing, loan accumulating, criminal pardoning, terror aiding, environment degrading, GMO fraternizing, poverty expanding, job-seeker humiliating, terrorist fire ceasing, money laundering, opposition slandering, commonwealth usurping, ‘prinspal’ humiliating, abducted girls denying, massacre ignoring, cabal indulging, shame stabbing government that will not conduct a simple election for us as and at when due.jkol

    • paul preston

      you are actually speaking for your sick self so pls take note

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        I DIDN’T SAID I SPEAK FOR BIAFRA! BUT I SPEAK FOR NIGERIA.

        • paul preston

          I do not know of a place called Biafra,so once again take note

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            THAT IS RIGHT. 100% NIGERIAN.

    • larry

      Nyako is a common criminal , he should be arrested ASAP .

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        LET THEM ARREST DOKUBO!!

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        Froggy, who is the best known treasury raider is sitting pretty at the Petroleum Ministry. Buhari will jail her on June 1, 2015

        • larry

          You are right Nyako and his son are giving the north a bad name ,they are thieves

  • Chris1408

    GEJ is using OBJ playbook, na today

  • Tuns

    Today is nyako, Mr. Jonathan and his wife tomorrow is your turn. EFCC will declare you wanted soon. Cos our next president in person of Buhari is no nonsense man….. Watch your back!!!!

  • Arewabetter

    Oh my Nigeria, where nasty things happen everywhere with indiscipline here and there and giants looting the nation to bleed. Everyday corruption thrives and recycling of the old looting gang is the order of the day. Nigerian politicians continue to loot the land with yet greater abandon while dutifully disclosing their increasing assets at the time of each election. No questions asked; no answers provided. Are there any established norms for Nigerian politicians? How can these politicians be so heartless when 65% of the population lives below the poverty line and people die of hunger and malnutrition? Poverty in Nigeria is purely man made and corruption is its main source. Poverty is a curse for human society. Poverty prevails there where the injustice is and exclaims where there high illiteracy rate. The society afflicted with poverty is reprehension of entire human society. Only a fearless society can be set free from all poverty. Where the people are dumb and discounted poverty exists there. Poverty shows, how many immature persons rule the country. My fellow Nigerians, the time for changed has finally arrived and I hope you are not going to SCREW IT UP this time.

  • Es3

    Up APC!!!!

    Chains!!!!!

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    Reality has caught up with APC. Struggling frantically on a scarcely visited website cannot save Buhari from another and imminent defeat. Buhari is a serial loser( He lost in 2003, 2007, and 2011). He is at it again. He will be evacuated out.

    Nigerians have already reaffirmed their supports for GEJ. Vote GEJ. GEJ till 2019.

    • Hoodys

      You are just living in fool’s paradise. The victory will just be like ‘play play’ for your eye.

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Hallucination

  • blueeyedkitten

    EFCC finally got some teeth.

  • Wähala

    How did a Duncee get to become a presidential aspirant? It is quite bemusing…and sound education and knowledge is the bedrock of any working democracy and a necessary basis for positive developmental changes industrially or otherwise. How then do we bend the rules to accommodate those who eternally claim to be educationally disadvantaged? This is 21st century, anyone so blighted by the affliction of doubt of ability to contest elections at that level, even if a dunce, could have used the opportunity for a debate to prove that his critics erred. But alas!…he runs into the hole…and like a rabbit running away from rainwater, decides to ‘debate’ in a town hall meeting or if you like, ‘an arrangee’ meeting where prepared questions (which he wud have already rehearsed), will be asked. The blind shud not lead the sighted. This is never rocket science. Pure & Simple

    • Shuaibu Bola Victor

      Out of point.

      • Wähala

        I can understand why you feel so. But read my post again, line after line. We should be able to criticize constructively and call a spade a spade. To err is human. Falling is not the problem but failing to rise after a fall. Duncee’s decision is despicably embarrassing and suggestive of the fact that he is guilty as charged…again, this isn’t rocket science. After all there will be no police of EFCC dogs to harass him at the debate. Just Q&A. Pure & Simple! …That’s true democracy as practiced in civilized climes.

    • Temitayo (Ibadan)

      Correct! Respect!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Are you on a hallucinatory substance ? OFF POINT !!

  • dd

    GEJ should use this EFCC for Tinubu, Ameachi, Timiri, Lai, even APC chairman looted Nigeria and ran to London then.

  • tyson

    @wahala–this is yr certificate less president of APC-mumu—suffering from Parkinson ——–abina——————

    -General Buhari has attended 35 or thereabouts state rallies and in all the rallies put together, he has spoken for only 57 minutes. The longest time he spoke in any single rally was for 2 minutes and 13 seconds. The shortest is one minute. He has used his so-called speeches for nothing but political demagoguery, charging his supporters with a clenched fist and spreading hate speech (with his supporters chanting ‘sai Buhari’) which is symptomatic of a violent character. It drives home the point that General Buhari has nothing to say and if he has anything to say, he simply does not know how to say it. That explains why he keeps running from debates even when choice platforms are offered-FFK

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      My children cannot understand even a sentence when Buhari speaks English ,they have never had problems understanding Nigerians although they do not live in Nigeria .

      • gandalf

        they are dump,they need a change of school or an extra lessons teacher with immediate effect.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Well they are exceptionally brilliant academically and attending some of the best schools in the world as we speak !!

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        Your Children with Ijaw brain will not understand anything just like Nigerians don’t understand whatever GEJ has been saying in the last 6yrs

  • tyson

    Can buhari ever be able to put Nyako on trial–aware he knows how he forged his WASC–which Ghana said they do not have records of—in Accra the headquarters of WAEC—So the search for Buhari certificate of 1961 continues un-abated–in Katsina state which was created in 1987

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari fought corruption as long as his victims were not Fulani so the likes of Nyarko will be praying for a Buhari win !!

      • Tolu

        You again!!!!!! you seem to be everywhere and you still keep saying nonsense

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Hello,how are you today ?

    • Hoodys

      Buhari did not forge any certificate. The earlier you get that to your brain the better for you.

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        Tyson aka Deri orbuka has no brain!! A CT scan has shown that his skull is empty and the evidence of that is all over the internet

  • Maria

    But Jonathan claimed putting people in jail is not his way of fighting corruption but via technology…hahahahahaha… this yeye man is not sure of himself…

  • Yemi

    Buhari, go for a debate. President Jonathan has said he is willing to thrash you even if you decide the debate should be in Hausa.

    Pls remove shame from us who are your supporters. Pls.