Nyako threatens to sue EFCC for libel
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
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 EFCCâ€™s prosecutor,
Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), and the deposition in the
commissionâ€™s counter-affidavit as â€œbaseless, wicked and
He explained that contrary to EFCCâ€™s insinuation, two out of
the 31 persons lined up as prosecution witnesses died in
hospitals after battling with certain known ailments.
He said, â€œThey neither died at the same time nor slumped
and died as insinuated by the EFCC.
â€œWhile 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.
â€œIt 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.
â€œThis is totally unethical and Admiral Nyako has already
decided to sue both the EFCC and their lawyer for
defamation of character.â€
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