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Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2018

Ex gov, Nyako mourns Michika, vows to continue political struggle

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From Umar Dankano Yola

The visit of former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state has brought the state capital to stand still as business activities were paralyzed significantly over the weekend.
Nyako left the state immediately after his impeachment from office by the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s led Legislature in 2014 and visited to condole his in- laws after the loss of a mother to one of his wives.
And to also condole the families and people of the state on the demise of first civilian governor in the state,Alhaji Saleh Abubakar Michika.
Sources close to him confided in our correspondent in Yola that he will soon finish with his litigation with the EFCC over his stewardship as Governor for six years before facing the politics headlong.
On arrival at the Yola International Airport Saturday at noon amidst mammoth crowd of his political followers and admirers , enthusiasm and happiness was seen on the people chanting the usual song in chorus saying “Baba yoyp “,”We missed you dearly and welcome back home sir”.
Former Governor Nyako moved in a snail style due to large number of people at hand to receive him from Airport through Galadima Aminu road to late Saleh Michika’s residence along Army Barracks road.
Addressing the mammoth crowd at his residence,Former Governor Nyako said he was short of words to express his feeling for the support and love the people in the state have shown him even when not in office as the chief executive .
Nyako said in the near future,he will return back home and face the political struggle headlong so that the electorate can be liberated from the shackles of present administration in the state.
Alleged N4.7bn fraud: Absence of witness stalls Ladoja’s trial The absence of a prosecution witness on Monday stalled the ongoing trial of a former Governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja, over alleged N4.7 billion money laundering charge at a Federal High Court, Lagos.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Mr. Ladoja alongside a former State Commissioner for Finance, Waheed Akanbi.
The duo were arraigned on December 14, 2016 before the judge, Mohammed Idris, on an eight-count charge bordering on N4.7 billion money laundering.
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bails.
However, at the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, the EFCC Prosecutor, Oluwafemi Olabisi, apologised that he could not proceed because of the absence of his witness, a director in the service of Oyo State Government.
Mr. Olabisi told the court that the witness was attending a meeting with the World Bank in Lagos but had pleaded to be in court on Tuesday.
He urged the court to adjourn the case until March 20 and March 21 as the dates were already set down for the continuation of the trial.
Bolaji Onilenla and Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, counsel to the first and second defendants, did not object to the request for an adjournment, but urged the prosecuting counsel to ensure that his witnesses were in court on the agreed dates.
Mr. Idris adjourned the case until March 20 and March 21 for continuation of trial.
The defendants are alleged to have conspired, siphoned and laundered N4.7 billion from the coffers of Oyo State.(NAN)

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