Nyako threatens to sue EFCC for libel

By 07:24 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 Comments


A former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, who

is being prosecuted along with his son, Abdul-Aziz, and

others for N29bn fraud charges, has threatened to sue the

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for defaming

his character while opposing his application for bail on July

8.

Nyako, who spoke through one of his lawyers, Mohammed

Bakari, in a statement on Wednesday, said the anti-graft

agency had defamed his character by imputing that he had

a hand in the death of two of its witnesses.

Bakari said it was untrue that the witnesses died

mysteriously, describing the claim by EFCC’s prosecutor,

Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), and the deposition in the

commission’s counter-affidavit as “baseless, wicked and

unfounded allegation.”

He explained that contrary to EFCC’s insinuation, two out of

the 31 persons lined up as prosecution witnesses died in

hospitals after battling with certain known ailments.

He said, “They neither died at the same time nor slumped

and died as insinuated by the EFCC.

“While one died in a hospital in Abuja, the other died in a

hospital in Yola shortly after he returned from a

complicated medical treatment abroad.

“It is therefore unfair, unjust and uncharitable to accuse

Nyako and his son of the death of the two persons, who as

every human being has a sure date with death.

“This is totally unethical and Admiral Nyako has already

decided to sue both the EFCC and their lawyer for

defamation of character.”


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