Witness alleges Ex Gov Forged Gombe Assembly’s document to get N5bn Loan

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Danjuma Goje

A witness, Shehu Mohammed Atiku standing trail on Monday, told the Federal High Court in Gombe that the former governor of Gombe State Danjuma Goje forged the State Assembly resolution to secure five billion naira loan facility from Access Bank.

Goje, along 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.

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

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 the proceeding on hold and adjourned for further hearing following a disruption 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 the accused persons and others outside the court premises. In the scrimmage, vehicles were vandalized including that of the defence counsel, Paul Erokoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

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

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.

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