Court remands ex-Govs Ohakim, Nyako, son over alleged money laundering

Court remands ex-Govs Ohakim, Nyako, son over alleged money laundering

Abuja –  An Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday ordered former Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, and his son, Abdulazzez, to be remand by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) until Friday.

Similarly, another Federal High Court also ordered that former Gov. Ikedi Ohakim of Imo be remanded in prison.

Nyako and his son were arraigned before Justice Evoh Chukwu on charges bordering on money laundering, while Ohakim was arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola for same offence.

The Nyakos’ applications for bail will be heard on Friday while that of Ohakim would be heard on July 9.

Nyako and his son, who are facing 37 count charge of money laundering amounting to about N40billion, pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against them.

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Ohakim also pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge preferred against him.

On Ohakim’s bail application Ademola ordered that the defence counsel should file and serve the prosecution with his response within 24 hours.

He also ordered that Ohakim be allowed access to his wife, Chioma, and medication while in custody and be brought to court at noon on Thursday.

Counsel to EFCC, Mr Festus Keyamo, objected to the bail application for Ohakim on the ground that the ex-governor had refused to honour the commission’s invitations.

Chukwu, after hearing Nyakos’s counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), pleading for time to familiarise with the charges, ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody till Friday. (NAN)

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