Lawyers petition EFCC over Nyame’s Imprisonment

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe


A team of lawyers has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crime Commission over the recent imprisonment of the former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame for fourteen years without an option of fine.

The legal team, which was led by Mr. Aiden Anthony and Mr. Pwamaddi Maboyofe Shagnah, of the Lawsmith & Brief Inn Chamber, petitioned and copied same to President Mohammadu Buhari, the Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Executive Secretary, Human Rights Commission, Media organisations among others, saying the judgment leading to the imprisonment of Nyame was faulty.

“It has become very obvious that this case has been compromised by the commission’s team of investigators.”

The petition, which was jointly signed by the two lawyers, stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to bring to book, some prominent cabinet members of the administration of the imprisoned former governor.

Revisit the case
It said there was the need for the Commission to revisit the case and track down what they referred to as perpetrators who aided and abetted the said crime.

The petitioners also noted a deliberate failure of the commission to charge and arraign the former commissioner of finance and many other government officials who were allegedly involved in the series of criminal activities that caused the Taraba State government some whopping sum of money from its treasury.

The petitioners cited Page 284, paragraph 2, lines 6-8 of the judgment delivered by Justice A. A Banjoko, saying it did not arraign any of the Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners and Officials of Taraba State before any other court of law.

Consequently, the petitioners want the authorities to compel the team to face a disciplinary action for their refusal to do the needful while executing their assigned constitutional responsibilities.

“And also, the commissions team of investigators aforesaid be summoned to face disciplinary measures for their gross misconducts and abuse of office by compromising the case against the suspects.
It is our client’s further belief that in case the commission failed, neglected or refused to consider this petition within time and accordingly, we shall resort to other legal measures to pick it up with the commission.”

They called on the Commission to give an accelerated attention to the petition and pledged to drag the commission to any court of law across the globe, should the petition be swept under the carpet.



Lateefah Ibrahim