Danjuma Goje: on trial for fraud
The trial of former Gombe governor, Danjuma Goje was brought to a sudden end today as thugs invaded the Federal High Court, and disrupted proceedings..
The thugs attack the accused persons and others outside the court premises during which the second accused person, Aliyu El-Nafarty and one other person were seriously wounded.
In the melee, vehicles were vandalized including that of the defence counsel, Paul Erokoro, SAN.
The attack forced the presiding judge, Justice B. O. Quadri to adjourn till 25 November , 2015.
Justice Quadir condemned the attack and directed both counsel to do a report on what happened which he promised to forward to the Chief Judge, Federal High Court for necessary action
Before the disruption, a witness had told the Court, that the former governor, now a senator, forged the resolution of the House of Assembly and collected N5billion loan from Access Bank.
“My Lord, the said resolution did not emanate from the Gombe State House of Assembly and I was not a signatory to it”, said Shehu Mohammed Atiku, a former Clerk of the Gombe State House of Assembly.
Atiku is one of the three witnesses called by prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shitu.
Atiku, while testifying told the court that, “as the Admin Officer of the House, I chair management committee of the House, keep the record of House proceedings and maintain its records”.
Goje, alongside four other accused persons are being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of conspiracy, money laundering and embezzlement of funds belonging to the state government.