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Nyako’s trial stalls eight months over judge’s inability to entertain matter

The trial of the previous Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has been stalled for the third time in eight months by the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, over the shortcoming of the decide, Okon Abang, to listen to the case.

Justice Okon Abang had adjourned the matter on the final adjourned date on the occasion of the courtroom for 2 months.

The defence and the prosecution counsel had been able to entertain the matter for the continuation of trial however Justice Abang had held that it was not handy for the courtroom to listen to the matter.

“By the way, it isn’t handy for the courtroom to take arguments from realized senior counsel representing the defendants on their reply on factors of regulation right this moment, the Choose had mentioned.”

“Within the gentle of this, the matter is hereby adjourned to twenty sixth of February, 2021, for realized senior counsel representing the defendants to current their reply on factors of regulation in assist of their no-case submission,” had dominated.

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However on the adjourned date Justice Okon Abang was once more absent from courtroom on the grounds that he had a vital assembly to attend.

Now, each the prosecution and the defence legal professionals fear that the matter has lingered for over six years, giving the general public trigger for considerations.

The absence of the decide on Oct. 7, 2020, annoyed the matter to today an observer claimed.

Nigeria’s anti-graft company, the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee is prosecuting the previous governor, alongside his son, Abdul-Aziz Nyako; two firms, Sebore Farms and Extension Ltd and Pagado Fortunes Ltd.

They’re the primary, second, sixth and seventh defendants respectively within the trial.

Different defendants are Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Blue Opal Ltd, Tower Belongings Administration Ltd and Crust Vitality Ltd as third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth defendants respectively.

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Nyako and others had, on March 11, 2020, prayed the courtroom to dismiss the alleged N29 million cash laundering cost filed towards them.

In a no-case submission movement filed by his group of legal professionals led by Kanu Agabi, on behalf of 1st, 2nd, sixth and seventh defendants, Nyako had advised Justice Abang that “no case has been made out by the prosecution warranting a solution from them.”

The counsels argued that from the testimonies of the 21 witnesses known as by the prosecution, there was not a single shred of proof that urged even remotely {that a} case had been made out towards the accused.

Though the EFCC had arraigned them on a 37-count cost of legal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of workplace and cash laundering, all of the accused individuals had pleaded not responsible to the costs.

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