Goje Forged Assembly Document To Get N5bn Loan, Witness Alleges

Danjuma Goje

A witness, Shehu Mohammed Atiku, has told the Federal High Court in Gombe that the former governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, forged a resolution purportedly passed by the State House of Assembly to secure a N5 billion loan facility from Access Bank.

Goje, along with four others, are being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of conspiracy, money laundering and embezzlement of funds belonging to the state government.

Atiku, a former Clerk of the Gombe State House of Assembly and one of the three witnesses called by prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shittu, disowned the resolution that was presented by the former governor.

“My Lord, the said resolution did not emanate from the Gombe State House of Assembly” insisting he was “not a signatory to it,” the witness told the court.

Atiku further testified 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”.

However, the Federal High Court abruptly had to put proceeding on hold and adjourned for further hearing when some suspected political thugs invaded the court premises.




     

     

    Upon the attack, two persons were seriously injured including the second accused person, Aliyu El-Nafarty, among others outside the court premises.

    In the melee, vehicles were vandalized including that of the defence counsel, Paul Erokoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

    Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Justice B. O. Quadri adjourned further hearing to November 25, 2015 following the unexpected attack.

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    The judge condemned the attack and directed both counsels to do a report on what happened which he promised to forward to the Chief Judge, Federal High Court for necessary action.

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