ECONOMIC and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday failed to re-arraign former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, and his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz, before Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court. The commission had on August 7, 2015, arraigned Nyako along with Abdul-Aziz and Zulkifikk Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, as well as five firms on 37 counts of money laundering involving alleged diversion of over N29 billion belonging to the Adamawa State government. The defendants were arraigned before the late Justice Evoh Chukwu; following his demise in June 2016, the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta then re-assigned the case to Abang. When the matter was called and the defendants had taken their positions in the dock, it was discovered that the fifth defendant had no legal representation in court. While Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) appeared for the former governor, his son, the sixth and seventh defendants, O.A. Dada and E.A. Oyefeso announced appearances for the third, ninth, fourth and eighth defendants respectively, leaving the fifth defendant without any legal representation. The court, however, discovered from the registrar that the fifth defendant was not served with any hearing notice. Justice Abang accordingly ordered that hearing notice be served on his counsel, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN). The prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) informed the court that the matter could not be continued in the absence of the fifth defendant and his counsel. Accordingly, the matter was adjourned to October 17 this for re-arraignment.

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