The prosecution counsel of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Barr. Wahab Shittu has closed all his witnesses with the PW24 head of detective, Mr Chris Owobo set for the defendants counsel to open up their defence in the money laundering suit against former governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe State and three others .
The former governor, now a Senator current serving in the red chamber, along with Alhaji Aliyu U. El-Nafaty, SM Dokoro Gombe and Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Tumu are all standing trial for the alleged transfer of N5,000,000,000.00 billion without appropriation .
The Registrar of the Federal High Court 2, sitting in Jos Division read the charges to the accused persons with the title, Resolution Authorizing His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Gombe state, to acquired loan of N5bn only with Ref No ,GH/HA/RAE/Vol-1/17, purporting same to have been ,”signed by Shehu Mohammed Atiku, the clerk of the state House of Assembly and have arisen from proceedings from the Gombe State House of Assembly knowing these information to be allegedly false with intent that the said documents were forged or may be acted upon as genuine by Access Bank “.
The prosecution counsel told the court that the accused persons diverted government the money meant for infrastructure projects and therefore committed the offence contrary to section 1,(2)C of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17 ,laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under section 1(2) c of the same act.
The 2nd charge read, that you Alhaji Danjuma Goje , M former Governor of Gombe state Nigeria ,being a public officer between 2nd November, 2010 and 24th February, 2011 in Gombe state ,within the jurisdiction of the federal High court transferred the sum of N5 bn being facility obtained from Access Bank PlC allocated strictly for infrastructure projects to other purposes unconnected with infrastructure projects including transfer to several individuals and corporate bank account as reflected in Gombe state government account 0003273131,00032731227 respectively.
PW24, Mr Chris Owobo, under cross examination by the the defending counsel, Paul Orokoro, told the court as head of investigation, they wrote letter to the SSG and the clerk of the Gombe state House of Assembly, Alhaji Shehu Atiku whose signatures reflect in the process of acquiring of the said loan .
According to him ,they failed to invite the former Governor Danjuma Goje who is the first accused because of the letter was attached for the request to make Access Bank account statement of all account in respect to the facility loan obtain .
According to him, the EFCC has not received a formal complaint or petition against Goje and others but they are relying on the purported letter by the clerk and that of the SSG to consider as defaulted by Danjuma Goje, which spark off this move for further investigation .
He also told the court that the forensic experts admitted that the disputed documents were sent to him as specimens for analysis with over 200 different but the fingers print were not included inside .
Owobo stressed that the law of Gombe state Nigeria authorized the former Governor Danjuma Goje to obtained a loan or foreign loan above the said N5bn alleged transfer loan to complete all the ongoing projects before the expiration of his tenure.