Nyako’s Trial Adjourned till May 6 for the N29bn Fraud

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of former governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako, his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba till May 6.

The trial commenced yesterday with the presentation of the 5th Prosecution Witness, Celestine Idiaye, who is the Cluster Control Manager with the Internal Control Unit of Diamond Bank Plc, Garki branch in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Prosecution through its Counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi and Leke Atolagbe, sought to present more exhibits against the defendants through the witness.

The accused are standing trial before Justice E. Chukwu in a 37-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29 billion preferred against them by the EFCC.

The Defendants were alleged to have between 2011 and 2013, at various times, used five companies- Blue Opal Nigeria Limited, Serore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Towers Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited to commit the fraud.

Idiaye, led in evidence by Atolagbe, told the court that the bank received a letter dated September 23, 2014 from the EFCC requesting for account opening documents and statement of account in respect of Sentinel Exploration and Production Limited, a company linked to Nyako.

He said the bank responded with a letter dated September 30, 2014 and provided two statements of account, account opening documents and certificate of identification.

He added that at the time of producing the said documents, the bank’s computer systems “were in perfect condition and we compared them with what we have in our database and they were the same.”

The forwarding letter from the bank, to which was attached the various documents, were presented in court and were identified by Idiaye as the documents from the bank forwarded to the EFCC.

Source : The Breaking Times.

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