EFCC grills ex-Adamawa Gov, Nyako for hours, released on health ground


A former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, who returned to Nigeria after nearly a year on self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom, was on Monday grilled for several hours by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC operatives.

Nyako was however released after several hours in detention at about 7 p.m. was released on what the anti-graft agency called “administrative basis”.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said the former governor who is 73 years old, was released based on his age and health concerns.

He said Nyako was allowed to go home at about 7p.m. but asked to report frequently at the commission.

Nyako, who was impeached on July 16, 2014, was declared wanted by the anti-graft agency on February 4. He however, turned himself in on Monday, few hours after returning into the country.

The EFCC had declared Nyako and his son, AbdulAziz Murtala Nyako, a retired naval officer, wanted for alleged criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

The commission alleged massive looting of state funds by top officials in Nyako’s government leading 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.

The EFCC, at the time, said 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.

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