The trial of a former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, along with three others, who are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering, before Justice B. O. Quadri of the Federal High Court, Gombe, continued on April 29, 2015 with the prosecution presenting more evidence against the accused persons.
Prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, presented documents to prove the alleged fraudulent transactions carried out between 2003 and 2011.
Accepted by the court as exhibits J and K, they showed suspicious transactions with respect to the supply of food items to the Government House, and supply of books to schools in the state through the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, during the period in question.
A mild drama however, ensued in the court , as the defence counsel Chris Uche,SAN, asserted that he wanted to probe into the details of the contents of the exhibit.
Shittu had cautioned Uche, to “stop lecturing the court on issues that are not related to the charges against the accused person.” But Uche, SAN who insisted that it was his right and responsibility to cross-examine the prosecution witness, subsequently questioned the witness, stressing that he needed detailed analysis of the exhibits tendered.
Justice Quadri adjourned the case till July 2 and 3, 2015 for continuation of trial in Court.
When it comes to trial of criminal cases, the line between federal and state is necessarily blurred. Section 251 (3) has not robbed the High Court of jurisdiction in this matter, this case is not an admiralty case but a pure criminal matter.
Therefore, it is not the pieces of peripheral evidence before the court that determines jurisdiction, but the nature of the law that has been infringed.” She, subsequently directed the defendants to be ready for trial.