Alleged N5bn fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex-Gombe gov, Goje, April 10

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on April 10, 2018 re-arraign a former governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, for an alleged fraud of N5bn.

Goje is to be re-arraigned alongside a former Executive Chairman, State University Basic Education Board, Gombe State, Alhaji Aliyu El-Nafaty, S.M. Dokoro, and the ex-governor’s cousin, Alhaji Sabo Tumu.

The defendants will be re-arraigned before the Federal High Court in Gombe.

The re-arraignment is coming after an amendment to the charges.

Goje was accused of obtaining a loan of N5bn from Access Bank with a forged document, purporting that the Gombe State House of Assembly approved the loan.

The EFCC alleged that the ex-governor forged the signature of the Clerk of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Shehu Atiku, to facilitate the loan.

According to the EFCC, though Goje claimed that the N5bn was for infrastructural projects, the former governor allegedly diverted the money.

The money was alleged to have been diverted and laundered between November 2, 2010 and February 24, 2011.

The EFCC claimed that, for instance, Goje transferred N21.8m to his cousin, Tumu, “for the supply of food items to the Gombe State Government House when you knew or reasonably ought to know that the contract for the said food supplies awarded to the said Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Tumu, was not the outcome of any competitive bidding process in accordance with the Due Process Guidelines contained in the due process circular reference No. GO/CS/S/MEM/VII/358 dated 25th February, 2008, adopted by your administration.”

Tumu, on his part, was accused of evading his Personal Income Tax on a total of N253.4m, which he allegedly received between January and April 2011 for the supply of food to the Gombe State Government House.

As for Dokoro, the EFCC alleged that he aided the allocation of 50 units of Toyota Hiace buses, belonging to the state and worth N242.5m, to some government functionaries, at an undervalued price of N22m.

The EFCC claimed that Dokoro aided the allocation of the buses without recourse to public auction in order to confer undue advantage on the benefiting government officials.

El-Nafaty, on his own part, was accused of conniving with Goje to allegedly divert N1.6bn from Gombe SUBEB.

Counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Wahab Shittu, said the defendants acted contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and are liable to punishment under Section 1(2) (c) of the same Act.

Shittu also alleged that Goje and others violated Section 14(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004 and they were liable to be punished under Section 14 of the same Act.

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