The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, seeking to overturn the ruling of the Federal High Court, that he had a case to answer.
Mr Nyako, his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako and seven others are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a 37-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N29 billion.
A three-man panel of the court of appeal justices on Tuesday held that the ex-governor’s appeal was unmeritorious and consequently, was dismissed.
The matter started on July 7, 2015. However, the EFCC closed its case against Mr Nyako on November 3, 2019.
Mr Nyako had filed a no-case submission after the EFCC had closed its case against him. He sought the court to dismiss the charges proffered against him on the grounds that the prosecution failed to link him to the alleged crimes.
On July 19, 2021, Justice Abang ruled that the defendants have a case to answer. He dismissed Mr Nyako’s no-case submission on the grounds that it lacked merit. He ordered the defendants to enter a defence.
However, Mr Nyako approached the court of appeal challenging the dismissal of the no-case submission.