A FEDERAL high court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, on Wednesday, October 5, adjourned the five-year-old case against Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, until November 22.
Justice Babatunde Quadri, presiding judge, adjourned the case to enable the prosecution tender the financial regulations and due process documents which the witness talked about.
Quadri said the case would be heard from November 22 to November 25 as requested by prosecution for continuation of hearing of the case.
Goje is standing trial along four others on a five-count bordering on financial dealings, including the contract on food supply to the government house during his tenure as well as loan facilities taken from both Access and Union banks.
At the resumed hearing Sani Gyauro, a witness, had given evidence that financial regulations were not followed. This Wahab Shittu, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to apply for an adjournment to enable him tender the financial regulations and due processes documents mentioned by Gyauro.
“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 said he had 16 witnesses but the problem was logistics to bring them, adding that “if I can have the four or five days, I will take all of them and then close my case”.
Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, defence counsel, did not object to the application, but said four days would be okay and not five days.
“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.
— Oct 5, 2016 @ 18:35 GMT