Youths in Gombe midweek protested against Senator Danjuma Goje, who is facing trial for conspiracy and money laundering instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Carrying placards with various inscriptions, the youths, who barricaded the Gombe – Bauchi road, demanded among other things that Goje returned the alleged stolen money and urged the Federal High Court to expedite action on the case.
They insisted that the money, which they alleged the former carted away during his two terms as the Governor of Gombe State between 2003 and 2011, must be returned to the state coffer for use in the development of the state.
In the vain, they insisted that all looters of public funds be persecuted and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that corrupt leaders are arrested, prosecuted and punished to restore sanity to public offices.
The youths freely accused the Senator of luring and indoctrinating them into wild political thuggery otherwise known as kalare, further demanded that he returned their money to the state to facilitate their rehabilitation.
The youths displayed placards, some of which bore these inscriptions, “bring back our money”, “Senator Goje must go to jail”, “we support President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight”, “Goje used us for Kalare activities”.
Their activities attracted the attention of the presiding Judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri who adjourned hearing till November 25, 2015.
The prosecution during the previous day’s proceedings, Tuesday, called three witnesses, including the Clerk of the Gombe State House of Assembly Shehu Mohammed Atiku as Prosecution witness three, PW3.
He told the Court that the first accused person forged the Resolution of the House and collected N5 billion facility loans from Access Bank.
He further informed the Court that the copy of the resolution presented to him for identification did not emanate from Gombe State House of Assembly and that he was not the signatory to the document.
Other witnesses who also testified were PW1, Solomon Okotie and Majella Deda who stood in for the State Solicitor General, PW2.
Deda, based on the documents presented to him testified that the UBEC/SUBEB contract for the supply of books was executed in four quarters and that they were all executed on January 17, 2011.
The advanced payment guarantee, APG issued by Zenith Bank in respect of the transaction also reflected the same date – January 17, 2011.

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