Court dismisses 19 of 21 charges against Goje, 3 others

Court dismisses 19 of 21 charges against Goje, 3 others

- Charges against a former Gombe state governor, Goje, and three others have been dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos

- Goje and others were accused of laundering, diverting and misappropriating the sum of N6.6 billion belonging to the state between 2007 to 2011

- According to Justice Babatunde Quadri, based on the evidence before the court, Goje is not guilty

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Friday, March 22, dismissed 19 of 21 charges against a former Gombe state governor, Senator Danjuma Goje, and three others.

Daily Trust reports that the trio are facing charges of alleged laundering, diverting and misappropriating the sum of N6.6 billion belonging to the state between 2007 to 2011.

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The accused people were Goje alongside a former executive chairman, Gombe state SUBEB, Aliyu Ubandoma El-Nafaty, food supplier to Gombe state government, late Sabo Tumu and an auctioneer, S.M Dokoro.

In a 2 hour and 30 minutes judgement, Justice Babatunde Quadri, struck out count charge 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 19 and 21 which bordered on diversion, laundering and misappropriation.

The judge ordered Goje, as 1st defendant and based on count charge 8 and 9, to enter witness box to explain why he gave an order to the 3rd defendant to auction 50 Toyota vehicle.

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Justice Quadri said based on the evidence before the court, Goje did not launder, divert, misappropriate or award the contract of N1.6 billion for the supply of dictionaries to the primary and junior secondary schools in the state through SUBEB without due process.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a chieftain of the PDP in Benue state, Terkula Ati, on Wednesday, March 20, dragged the governorship candidate of the APC, Emmanuel Jime, to the Federal High Court, Makurdi, over allegation of money laundering and electoral fraud.

Also joined in the suit were Jime’s personal aide, Joseph Manasseh, the INEC and the EFCC as 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.

The applicant was seeking a court order on INEC and EFCC (3rd and 4th respondents) to immediately arrest and prosecute the 1st and 2nd respondents, Jime and Manasseh.

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