EFCC Releases Nyako

by on June 2, 2015

By Yemi Adebowale

A former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, who was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, has been released.

Mr. Nyako who fled the country on corruption charges under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan returned immediately President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office and turned himself to the anti-graft agency.

READ: Nyako Flees Nigeria

However, within 24 hours Mr. Nyako was released by the EFCC.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC said Mr. Nyako was released on what he called “administrative bail”.

Mr. Uwujaren said the former governor, who is 73, was also released based on his age and health situation.

He said Mr. Nyako was allowed to go home at about 7p.m. but asked to report frequently at the commission until the case is fully investigated.

Mr. Nyako was impeached as the Adamawa State governor on July 16, 2014 and later declared wanted by the anti-graft agency alongside his son Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako, a retired naval officer in February.

They were both wanted for alleged criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

The EFCC had alleged massive looting by top officials in Mr. Nyako’s government.

This led to the arrest of key officials in the state including the then Secretary to the State Government, the State Commissioner for Finance, the Commissioner for Higher Education, the Accountant General of the State and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government.

At the commencement of the EFCC’s investigations, Mr. Nyako fled the country.

He returned on Saturday, nearly a year later, a day after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office.


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