Nyako blasts EFCC, Jonathan, says declaring him wanted “last kicks of a dying horse”

The embattled former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, on Wednesday blasted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] for declaring him and his son wanted.

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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  • tyson


    • Naira

      He is coming from Utuoke where the husband of old Hippo (mama cheat) originated.

  • tyson

    But their candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari has not been able to seize the moment to do the same. 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

    • dd

      Not is fault, you know he didn’t finish secondary school and his brain is aging. You don’t expect him to speak in Hausa when what Tinubu told him to speak he suddenly forget. Is not easy bro. He is trying – no school, above 80 but claim early 70 and he is constantly on medicine. It is not easy.

      • Are you sure you finished secondary school too? Then read and edit your comment.

        • dd

          please allow me for now. I wrote thinking GMB will come here. I want him to understand a little as I cannot write in Hausa.

    • Which better: to speak two minutes words is wisdom or 30 minutes of foolishness? We prefer Buhari’s two minutes specches to Jonathan’s thirty minutes of lying and contradicting and indicting himself of poor performance.

  • dd

    How can Nyako who said GEJ is weak running away with his son. Means himself is weaker than GEJ.

  • Spoken word

    EFCC has not had a single conviction on the fuel subsidy scam that ran into billions of dollars.they only go after politicians that are opposing Jonathan.We will have our country back on Febuhari 14 when Jonathan is sent back to otuoke.

  • Es3

    It is easy to to hide in one corner of a bush or gutter somewhere and run existing mouth diarrhea than to appear and present yourself to EFCC to prove your innocence?!

    This is not Ribadu,s EFCC that jumped into action on Obasanjo,s orders, whether the target is guilty or not?! This one takes time to investigate and accrue evidence required which has shown in the number of judgements they have secured in their favour so far!!!

    Let Nyako & sons appear if they have the guts to face EFCC!!!

  • djay

    Efcc just like Dss,Police and Army are extensions of Pdp.

    • tyson

      Is Jonathan now the head of EFCC————-monkey—why dont u say he was the registrar of WAEC in Ghana also—who told the world that (Buhari no get sabinkate?)—-Nyako is Fulani–the head of Efcc is also FULANI———Why bring a shoeless IJAW man into their matter?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Some people just talk themselves to stupor. Mr Nyako, no need for this rhetoric. The EFCC wants you. There are procedures for declaring a person wanted by law enforcement. You fulfilled conditions for declaring a person wanted; so you are wanted to answer some questions. Nobody is threatening you with death. So present yourself from your hiding and answer the questions that will be put to you. That’s standard practice all over the world. Stop all these acts of grandstanding. Whether Jonathan wins or loses election is irrelevant to this matter; you are wanted for stealing. Feel some modicum of shame please and make yourself available.

  • tyson

    Buhari is preparing for his May/June WAEC School Cert exams————-sha————and has been working very hard on his maths–so don’t disturb him with this Nyako ati him pikin palaba biko

  • larry

    Nyako is a common criminal, Mai mangoro! Are these not the animals clamouring for the presidency !

    • PROF

      LIKE FATHER LIKE SON . Two thieves on the run.

  • Uti Ibrahim

    The Chadians are doing it!
    Farewell Nigeria

    • Olusola

      Les Tchadiens font un bon travail où armée nigériane failled. Ebele is a failure!

    • Wähala

      Oh yes! Let the Chadians face their own problems from Sokoto to Maiduguri. Is Norther Nigeria not obviously more Chadian than Southern Nigeria? Even a kid under 7 can easily decipher. Same language, culture, dressing, thinking, eating habits, attitude to life, etc etc etc. Read Gidoen Orkar’s revolutionary speech of 1990…and notice the excision of 5 states from Nigeria. These 5 states are the Boko haram states today. So my dear, Chad in Bornu, or Katsina etc means Chad is at home. The Chadian treks for 5 minutes to get into Bornu, and you with a brand new J5 Bus, will drive non stop for 19hours @ 150/hr before you get to Bornu. One Nigeria abi? …Don’t worry, the oil of the South South & East will hang in your thoat.

      What is the semblance between some1 from Eket and another from Sokoto, Katsina or Bornu? Don’t you have eyes? If we were a country, then why different standards for the North and another for the rest of South, East and West? Tell Duncee to produce certificate. Nonsense!

      • progress

        If only you had balls , but alas ! you are a fake Wahala .Mtchewwwwww

    • Tufiakwa

      Oh yes. The regional force is working to the disappointment of enemies of Nigeria like yourself. Nigerian soldiers and the police similarly fought gallantly for others and kept the peace in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Mali … and in other UN missions around the world. It’s a high time Nigeria received support to shame terrorists and their backers – like yourself. Afghanistan was an American war but how many nations fought alongside the Americans. Try and conceal your insanity a little bit.

      • growthengine

        Don’t mind the guy, this is not the first time Chad is helping Nigeria on our soil, they did it in 1967.

  • Bayonle

    Nyako is wanted but Femi Fanikayode accused of money laundering while he was aviation minister and head of media of the 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Fund is free-right? EFCC will deliberately bungle Femi Fanikayode’s case and EFCC will dutifully prosecute Nyak of he does not play ball-right? I dey laaafu ooo for dis kontiri!

    • Reality

      Femi doesn’t have a case to answe while Nyako have a case to answer. GEJ till 2019.

  • Maria

    Jonathan is the worst thing to happen to Nigeria. That man must be jailed or hanged for monumental abuse of office and mass murder.

  • Mariana

    Like Duncee like parasitic Nyako. Even his miserably unkempt beard gives him away as a vampire of deepest appetite. Google all his photos, there is no single where he smiles. Like a man conditioned eternally for misguided violence he rants like rabid dog…The North with no tangible contribution to National human & material resource, but so arrogant and bloodthirsty. But tolerance limits have been exceeded. No more free lunch.

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  • warry

    No other Nigerian is guilty of corruption since 1960. GEJ did not fight them. Even all the people Buhari himself called corrupt are no longer corrupt.

  • burning spear

    The massive looting of Lagos state by the Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria now APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently conered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the Action Congress’ states.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds.
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million. What a shame–what a country

  • Uzoma

    Does anyone know what hole the man is talking from?

    I just hope when Jonathan wins on 14 February, he will replace the current head of EFCC with someone who can walk the talk and who can look as far back as the First Republic to uncover all acts of corruption, no matter how small, and make sure the perpetrators pay dearly.

  • bello

    u have nothing to prove with all the allegation and accusation you just don’t have a common statement of account to defend urself that is why you was impeachment , stop saying that president jonathan inflaction of ur arrested and you are also among of animonisity opposition party [APC] and probably decleared has criminal

    • Dan Arewa

      Brother Bello you need grammar lessons.

  • Jonathanmyass

    Our New National Pledge!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I pledge to Nigeria my country to vote out JONATHAN and his cabinet to replace him with BUHARI because he is faithful loyal and honest that can save Nigeria with all his strength and also defend her unity and uphold her economy, honour and Glory. So help US GOD

    • Dan Arewa

      I sing this anthem along with you. SO HELP US GOD!

  • sammyctu ode

    Why now EFCC. What happened to all those fuel subsidy scam arrested by the commission and their cases have gone cold and many other corrupt cases perpetrated by people in government? I am not condoning corruption, if Nyako has case to answer, charge him but don’t politicize the whole issue. Anyway, come May 30th, all the EFCC top officials are gonners.


    Nyako’s orchestrated impeachment after his letter accusing the GEJ Administration of committing genocide against the North smacks of a witch-hunt. I support the investigation and prosecution of all corrupt folks, but such must not be seen as a vindictive act. The timing of the EFCC’s declaration against Nyako is also suspect.

  • Baba Jada

    So they want to tell us since they accused Nyako they never realized that his son has a case to answer. It is at election time that they are now remembering just because he is refusing to support Nuhu Ribadu. PDP will soon be eradicated, just wait and see.

  • kenny

    Why won’t him blast EFCC ? He is a saint now that he is in APC. Useless politicians