THE ousted Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, Who was recently impeached by the Adamawa House of Assembly has been declared wanted by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Investigations revealed that the leadership of the commission
decided to declare Nyako wanted after he failed to honour
the commission’s invitations after his removal from office.
It was further gathered that Nyako has evaded arrest as
operatives detailed to arrest him after his removal from office
by the House of Assembly has not sighted him since then.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson
Uwujaren, told one of our correspondents in a telephone
interview in Abuja, on Tuesday that the commission took the
decision to declare Nyako wanted because he had been
“Since Nyako, was removed, he has been elusive. So the
commission has devised a strategy to declare him wanted.
“The commission is planning to declare him wanted,”
In response, Nyako said he was not surprised neither was he
disturbed about the decision to hound him because he would
not be the first person to be so hounded by men in power.
He expressed confidence that posterity will judge his
Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public
Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said this in a telephone interview with
one of our correspondents in Abuja.
He said “They (the then government of the day) set up
General Olusegun Obasanjo, accused him of a coup, jailed
him unjustifiably and he later came out of prison to become
President; they orchestrated the impeachment of Ayo Fayose,
today they have returned him as governor elect.
“We have no fears. They harassed former Central Bank
Governor, Sanusi Lamido; today he is the Emir of Kano. So, if
what they are doing has Allah’s support, he would not elevate
the people being humiliated. There is judgment of history,
there is judgment of God. Today they are at the helm of
affairs; it does not mean they will be at the helm of affairs
tomorrow. They should also await Allah’s judgment.”
In a related development, Nyako’s deputy, Mr. Bala Ngilari
was grilled for about three hours by operatives of the EFCC at
the headquarters of the commission on Tuesday.
The Deputy Governor arrived the commission at 10:00 am
and was allowed to go after 1.00pm.
A highly placed source at the commission said, “The former
deputy governor was here. He responded to our invitation, he
interacted with operatives for some hours. He came around
10am and left 1pm.”
It was further gathered that the leadership of the commission
had taken a decision to defreeze one of several accounts
operated by the Adamawa State Government to enable the
state pay outstanding salaries owed civil servants.
It was learnt that the commission had not lifted the freeze
order on the other accounts because they were still being
“One of the state government accounts, the salary accounts,
has been de-frozen.
“The other ones have not been lifted because they are part of
the investigation. This one was released so that the
government could pay salaries; you know you cannot cripple
the business of government,” the source said.