Parliamentary resolution that serves as the basis for a N5 billion facility in Gombe state has been faulted in a litigation against the former governor and serving senator, Danjuma Goje at a Federal High Court.
My Lord, the said resolution did not emanate from the Gombe State House of Assembly and I was not a signatory to it”, said Sheu Mohammed Atiku, a former Clerk of the State House of Assembly and one of the three witnesses called by prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shitu.
Mohammed Atiku told the court in Gombe that the ex-governor forged the Resolution of the House to collect N5 billion facility from Access Bank.
Atiku in his testimony said “As the Administrative Officer of the House, I chair management committee of the House, keep the records of House proceedings and maintain its records”.
But the hearing was stalled abruptly and adjourned due to fracas that ensued as suspected political thugs invaded the court premises and disrupted the proceedings.
The thugs also launched attack on the accused persons and others outside the court premises during which the second accused person, Aliyu El-Nafarty and one other person were seriously wounded.
In the melee, vehicles were vandalized including that of the defence counsel, Paul Erokoro, SAN.
The attack forced the presiding judge, Justice B. O. Quadri to adjourn to November 25, 2015.
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
Goje, alongside four other accused persons are being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of conspiracy, money laundering and embezzlement of funds belonging to the state government.