A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has adjourned the case brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against a former governor of Gombe, Mohammed Danjuma Goje, till November 22, 2016, Vanguard reports.
The trial, which is five-years old, was adjourned to enable the prosecution present the financial regulations and due process which the witness referred to to.
The judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri, set out four days which include November 22 to November 25, requested by the suit for the hearing of the case to continue.
Goje, along with four others, is standing trial on a five-count charge that borders on financial dealings, including the contact on food supply to the government house during his administration as well as loan services taken from Union and Access Banks.”At the resumed hearing, EFCC prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu, led the eight prosecution witness, Dr. Sani Gyauro, in evidence.
“Shittu had applied for an adjournment to enable him tender the financial regulations and due processes documents mentioned by the Gyauro,” the report said.
“My Lord, in view of the relevancy of the financial regulations and due process documents regarding the subject matter of food procurement, I wish to apply to the court to adjourn this case and give us four to five days. “I wish to tender the relevant documents about the manner contracts for the procurement of food for the government during former Goje time was flaunted, ’’ he said.”
Shittu declared that although he had sixteen witnesses, his problem was the logistics to bring them to Court, adding that he would be able to bring them and close his case if he could have four or five days.
The defence counsel, Mr. Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), did not protest the application, but said four days, instead of five days would be appropriate.
“As regards to logistics, we are also victims; I am not objecting to the application for an adjournment but we hope that we shall be serve with all the documents to be tendered on time so as not to put us in a tight corner, which might affect our proceedings, ’’ Akintola pleaded.