A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a ‘no-case submission application filed by former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, and his co-defendants against the N29 billion fraud case instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The co-defendants in the suit are Nyako’s son, Abdulaziz Nyako, Sebore Farms and Extension Ltd, Pagado Fortunes Ltd, Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Blue Opal Ltd; Tower Assets Management Ltd and Crust Energy Ltd.
It could be recalled that lawyers to respective parties had on July 16 made oral reply and arguments to support or oppose the no-case submission.
Recall that Nyako’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi SAN, had argued that the evidence and witnesses brought by the EFCC did not establish that his client committed fraud while serving as governor of the state.
“In fact, for a charge relating to money laundering to succeed it must be proved that the money laundered is subject of an illegal act.
“There is no such evidence in the instant case,” Agabi had said.
But the prosecution’s lawyer, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, told the trial judge Okong Abang, that the defendants have a case to answer because even those who worked with the former governor came to the court and to the anti-graft agency to give confessional statements.