Maadai Dan-Tsoho, the principal witness in suit against Abdul-Aziz Nyako, son of the impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, is dead.
Family and political sources told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Dan-Tsoho died of asthma attack on Tuesday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
Mr. Dan-Tsoho testifying against Abdul-Aziz earned him a suspension from his banking position.
Mr. Dan-Tsoho came into prominence when he replaced Kashim Shetima, the current Governor of Borno State as the regional manager of Zenith Bank, North Eastern operations. There were allegations of his complicity in sharp practices at the bank.
He was noted for his aggressive investments and had major stakes in a chain of real estate holdings in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He was also the owner of Dan Tsoho hotel, a high brow hotel in the Malamre District in Jimeta, Yola.
His death is expected to introduce hiccups in the prosecution of the younger Nyako, who was taken to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, told PREMIUM TIMES that he did not have information on the death of their principal witness.
“I don’t have this information right now,” he said and added that he needed to get in touch with those involved in the case for more details.
Abdul-Aziz was declared wanted by the EFCC after they instituted a case of stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.
He is currently being interrogated over alleged illicit funds traced to companies in which he has interest.
The younger Nyako has been asked by the commission to explain how over N15 billion belonging to Adamawa State was allegedly laundered into the accounts of five companies – Blue Opal Nigeria Limited, Crust Energy Nigeria Limited, Blue Ribbon Multilinks Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Blue Ribbon Bureau De Change – said to be owned by him.
The funds was allegedly funnelled into the accounts of the companies from Adamawa state accounts in a new generation bank. They were funnelled by the account officer who incidentally is the manager and an in-law to ex-Governor Nyako.
The EFCC had said the manager claimed he transferred the funds after receiving verbal instruction from the former governor for purposes that were not stated.