Money laundering: Court adjourns Goje’s case to October 4th and 5th
From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
A Federal High Court in Jos has yesterday adjourned hearing to 4th and 5th of 0ctober this year on the alleged transactions of N1.4bn against the former Governor of Gombe state, Senator Danjuma Goje and 4 others.
The alleged transactions were said be on the supply of food items to the State Government House as well as supply of books and dictionaries to the state public primary and secondary schools.
Senator Goje and four other accused; Alhaji Sambo Mohammed Tumu, Alhaji Aliyu El-Nafaty, S. M Dakoro and M. Dakoro Gombe.
According to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the accused persons are faced with an 18- count charge totaling N25bn before the Federal High Court.
During the two days hearing , the prosecution counsel to EFCC, Wahab Shittu, submitted documents to prove the allegation levelled against the accused persons which indicated the supply of food items to the Government House, and supply of books to schools in the state through via SUBEB.
At the sitting of the court on Tuesday, the EFCC witness PW5 who was a store keeper during Goje’s administration tendered two conflicting documents tagged as exhibits J and CCC with N1.4bn and N1.3bn respectively on the supply of food.
The counsel to the accused, Adeniyi Adebola said the document presented by the witness was purported and should not be accepted.
According to him, there was a disparity in figure between documents tendered by EFCC as exhibit J and the document as exhibit CCC tendered by the witness PW5, adding that the signatures on the document were fake.
He further said that the PW5 statement on the first accused person, Sen Danjuma Goje on alleged money laundering and misappropriation of funds main for the supply of foodstuffs to the total sum of N1.4bn and N1.3bn were not signed by senator Goje.
But in the cross examination, the prosecuting counsel to the EFCC, Bar Wahap Shittu insisted that the witness should give verbal evidence on exhibit J and CCC.
However, Justice Babatunde Quadri who is the presiding judge over the matter had after hearing from the all parties involved adjourned the case to October 4th and 5th for pending application for the compilation of more facts on the lack of due process on the contract.