Subsequent upon the successful indictment of former governor of Enugun State, Dr. Chimoroke Nnamani and the confiscation of his looted funds and properties by the federal government, the anti-graft agency which many described as a toothless bulldog has suddenly found its tooth in this new dispensation and its getting vicious than than many would have thought. To prove that it has woke up its responsibilities, the agency has begun the arrest of some ex-governors who it deemed to have deep their hands into (the cookie jar) state treasury and has vowed not to relent in its effort at recovering all looted funds the various states.
Today, the former governors of Imo and Adamawa States, Ikedi Ohakim and Murtala Nyako, and Mr. Nyako’s son, Abdul-aziz, have been arrested by officials of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission according to media reports on Wednesday.
The former governors, and Abdul-aziz Nyako, who is a senator now, were arraigned at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday on different cases of alleged corruption.
The erstwhile governor was brought to court in a white coaster bus with an Abuja registration number, BR 739 BWR, alongside his son, Abdul Azizi, and two other accused persons.
Nyako who was marshaled into the court room at exactly 1:05pm by operatives of the anti-graft agency, is presently taking his plea before trial Justice Evoh Chukwu.
The commission said in a statement that the two Nyakos were wanted on allegations of stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.
Mr. Nyako’s son had been interrogated by the EFCC over alleged illicit funds traced to companies in which he had interest.
Specifically, he was asked to explain how over N15 billion belonging to Adamawa State was allegedly laundered into the accounts of five companies said to owned by him.
The companies are Blue Opal Nigeria Limited, Crust Energy Nigeria Limited, Blue Ribbon Multilinks Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Blue Ribbon Bureau De Change.
The funds were allegedly funnelled into the accounts of the five companies, from Adamawa state government bank accounts. The transfer was done by the account officer who incidentally is the manager of the bank and an in-law to former governor, Mr. Nyako.
The EFCC said the manager claimed he transferred the funds based on verbal instructions from the former governor for purposes that were not stated.
The commission said its investigations revealed that from 2007 to 2011, the then Governor Nyako directed that all state-owned accounts domiciled in various banks be transferred to the account supervised by his in-law.
Abdul-Aziz Nyako’s company, Blue Opal, is said to own, among other investments in Nigeria, an estate in Abuja, while his father’s account officer owns several properties and investments scattered around Abuja, Yola and Kano.