N29 million fraud: Court adjourns former Governor Nyako’s case till May 31

Murtala Nyako

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, adjourned the ongoing trial of a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, until May 13 for the defence to cross-examine the 20th prosecution witness, Mr Chris Odofin.

When the matter was called, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, told the court that Nyako’s counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), wrote a letter to the prosecution saying that he would be absent in court.

Atolagbe, however, told the court that the prosecution was ready to go on with the matter as they had their witness in court.

The counsel from the defence team, Mr Bart Ogah, said that they also needed more time to get records of proceedings of the court to enable them prepare to cross-examine the witness.

He said that the witness had testified over a long period of time and it was only right for the defence to properly prepare to cross-examine him.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the matter until May 13, May 14 and May 15.

Nyako is being prosecuted alongside his son, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifik Abba on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

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