The Court of Appeal in Abuja has ordered a former governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd.) and eight others to enter defence in the alleged N29 billion fraud case filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In nine separate judgments yesterday, a three-member panel of the court, led by Justice Peter Ige, dismissed the appeals by Nyako and the other eight defendants.
Nyako and the others had appealed the July 19, 2021 ruling by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, rejecting their no-case submission.
The others are: Nyako’s son, Abdulaziz; Zulfizil Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Sebore Farms and Extension Limited, Pagado Fortunes Limited, Blue Opal Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.
In yesterday’s judgments, the appellate court held, among others, that Justice Abang was right in rejecting Nyako’s and others’ no-case submissions.
The court affirmed Justice Abang’s ruling and dismissed the appeals by Nyako and his co-defendants.
It ordered them to return to the Federal High Court and enter their defence to the 37-count charge pending against them by providing answers to questions raised in the evidence presented by the prosecution.’