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Money Laundering: EFCC Arraigns Ohakim, Nyako 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in separate trials on Wednesday arraigned a former governor of Imo State Ikedi Ohakim, former governor of Adamawa State Murtala Nyako, his son, Abdulaziz and two others over their alleged involvement in money laundering related offences.

Also, the trial of former Jigawa State governor, Malam Sule Lamido failed to hold due to his absence from court.

Lamido was supposed to be arraigned with his two sons at a high court in Kano, but all of them failed to show up because they missed their flight from Abuja to Kano for their trial.

It was further learnt that the former governor and two of his sons will hopefully arrive Kano Wednesday afternoon from Abuja and may possibly be arraigned before the court Thursday.

They were charged before the court on 24 count charges relating to alleged mismanagement of over N1.3 billion.

Ikedi Ohakim

At a Federal High Court in Abuja where Nyako and Ohakim are standing trials for corruption charges, Ohakim was arraigned on a three count charge before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the court, while Nyako, his son and two others were arraigned before Justice Evoh Chukwu of the same court on a 37-count charge also for corruption.

After the three-count charge was read to Ohakim, he pleaded not guilty.

Lawyer to the accused, Chris Uche (SAN), thereafter moved an oral bail application.

But the court asked him to file a formal bail application.

The trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi later adjourned till today to hear the bail application. He also ordered that the accused be remanded in the EFCC custody.

Similarly, Nyako and three other accused persons pleaded not guilty to the 37-count charge for misappropriation of over N40 billion when it was read to them.

The court thereafter adjourned the bail application till Friday and ordered that the accused be remanded in the EFCC custody.

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