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Court adjourns ex-Gov Goje’s alleged N25bn fraud case till Nov. 22



Court adjourns ex-Gov Goje’s alleged N25bn fraud case till Nov. 22

Former governor Danjuma Goje’s alleged N25billion fraud case has been adjourned till November 22 by a Gombe Federal High Court sitting in Jos.

Sitting on the case on Wednesday, the trial judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri, deferred the case to give room for the prosecution to tender the financial regulations and due process documents which the witness talked about.

Quadri then set out four days, 22 to 25 of November 2016 for the continuation of hearing, as requested by prosecution.

His ruling was sequel to the prayer of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuting counsel, Mr Wahab Shittu, who had applied for an adjournment to enable him tender the financial regulations and due processes documents as mentioned by the Dr Sani Gyauro, the eight prosecution witness.

“My Lord, in view of the relevancy of the financial regulations and due process documents regarding the subject matter of food procurement, I wish to apply to the court to adjourn this case and give us four to five days.

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“I wish to tender the relevant documents about the manner contracts for the procurement of food for the government during former Goje time was flaunted, ’’ Shittu said.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), did not object to his prayer, but argued that four days would be okay and not five days.

Akintola said, “As regards to logistics, we are also victims; I am not objecting to the application for an adjournment but we hope that we shall be serve with all the documents to be tendered on time so as not to put us in a tight corner, which might affect our proceedings.’’

Goje is at present, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation. He is being prosecuted for allegedly awarded N1billion contract for the supply of dictionaries to secondary schools while he was governor of the state among several other offences.

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