Adamawa Ex-Gov, Son, Others Diverted N29 Billion State Funds – Witness Tells Court

Adekunle-Christopher Odofin, the detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), testified before the Federal High Court in Abuja on how Murtala Nyako, the former Governor of Adamawa State, allegedly diverted billions in state funds during his tenure.

Odofin, serving as the EFCC’s star witness and 1st prosecution witness (PW-1), presented evidence in the N29 billion fraud case against Nyako, his son Abdulaziz, and other defendants.

The charges primarily focus on money laundering activities linked to Nyako’s term from January 2007 to December 2014.

Initially arraigned on March 21 alongside Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, and several companies including Blue Opal Limited and Tower Assets Management Limited, the accused pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The case, which commenced in 2015 before Justice Evoh Chukwu, underwent judicial transfers to Justices Okon Abang and now Peter Lifu due to administrative changes.

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Led by Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, Odofin disclosed Nyako’s alleged involvement with companies like Sebore Farms and Extension Limited, where he served as chairman and CEO, and detailed Abdulaziz’s roles in related enterprises.

The prosecution’s case gained traction from a 2011 petition alleging Nyako’s misuse of the Special Project Programme Unit (SPPU) and contract inflation during his administration. Justice Lifu admitted this petition as evidence after objections from defense counsel were overruled.

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Odofin further outlined extensive investigative efforts, including requests to financial institutions and government bodies for financial records and corporate details linked to the defendants. These efforts, he stated, yielded critical evidence supporting the prosecution’s claims.

The trial adjourned until October 24 and October 28, 2024, pending further procedural deliberations regarding Nyako’s statements made to the EFCC in 2015.


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