The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded arrangements to declare the impeached Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, wanted.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, made this known to one of our correspondents in a telephone interview in Abuja on Tuesday.
Uwujaren explained that the commission was set to do so because Nyako had been elusive since his removal by the members of the state House of Assembly last week.
He said, “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.”
But an aide to the impeached governor, who asked not to be named, claimed that the commission had already declared his boss wanted.
When asked for further comments, he directed one of our correspondents to the anti-graft agency.
But Nyako’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said he was neither surprised nor disturbed by EFCC’s decision to hound his boss.
He expressed confidence that posterity would judge the Nyako administration kindly.
Sajoh said, “They (the then government of the day) set up Gen. 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 a former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Sanusi Lamido, and 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.”
Nyako’s deputy, Bala Ngilari, was however grilled for about three hours by the EFCC operatives on Tuesday.
Ngilari arrived at the commission’s office at 10 am and was allowed to go after 1pm.
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 before he was allowed to go.”
It was 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 to pay outstanding salaries of civil servants.
Our source said, “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.”