EFCC Grills Nyako For 8-Hours, Releases Him On Administrative Bail

former governor of Adamawa
former governor of Adamawa

By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.

A former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, grilled for over 8-hours by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, has been released.

Nyako, who fled the country in 2014 after he was accused of massive corruption was interrogated for hours when he turned himself in at the EFCC office in Maitama, Abuja.

However, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the former governor was released on administrative bail based on his age and health situation.

He added that Nyako was released at about 7p.m. but asked to report frequently at the commission until the case is fully investigated.

Nyako was impeached as the Adamawa State governor on July 16, 2014 and later declared wanted by the anti-graft agency alongside his son Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako, a retired naval officer in February.

They were both wanted for alleged criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

Earlier, the commission had questioned Nyako’s 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, which engaged in over invoicing and inflation of contract.

EFCC said he has been asked to go home, but to report at the commission office until the end of the investigations.