Why Nyako Ran Away From Nigeria – Aide Reveals
Impeached Adamawa state governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako, has reportedly fled the country in a bid to avoid being harassed by security agents, who have been looking for him and for security concerns about his life.
A reliable source close to Nyako, who revealed this to Vanguard, said the governor had left Nigeria shortly after he was impeached to take a deserved rest after many years of the saddle.
Fintiri sworn in as acting governor, Nyako right
"It is true that Nyako had since left Nigeria to go and have a deserved rest but the main reason he left was because he was afraid for his life.
"Beyond the issue of trying to impeach the governor, he was really worried about people who could harm him because of their fear that he had so much information. So, I can tell you that as we speak, Nyako is not in Nigeria," the source said.
Nyako was removed as governor of Adamawa by the state House of Assembly after he was probed and found guilty of financial misconduct. Few hours after his removal on Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, there were reports that the impeached governor might be charged to court for alleged treason.
Security agents had reportedly stormed his Asokoro, Abuja residence, few hours after he was sacked to effect his arrest but he was nowhere to be found. Following his disappearance, the Federal Government was allegedly considering declaring Nyako wanted as a last resort to compel him to come and face the charges that have been prepared against him by both the office of the AGF and the EFCC.
Reacting to Nyako's disappearance, the presidency said his running away is a clear indication that the accusations against him were correct.
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On his part, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Lai Mohammed could not confirm the whereabouts of the sacked governor. He said: “I don’t know where he is. I don’t know whether he is on the run or not.”
The former governor, who has already filed an appeal against his removal from office, had been asked to apologise to President Jonathan over his controversial letter to the Northern Governors Forum, where he accused the Jonathan-led government of genocide against the North and to also withdraw the said letter. However, Admiral Nyako had refused, saying even on his deathbed, he would not do so.