Shema VS EFCC: Accused alleged testifying under duress as case adjourned to 28th Nov
I Wrote My Statement Under Duress, Defendant Tells Court
One of the defendants in the trial of former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina state, has told Justice Maikaita Bako of the state high court that his statement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, during interrogation was obtained under duress.
Alhaji Ibrahim Dankaba, who is the 4th defendant in the trial, told the court through his counsel, Aliyu Ahmed, that the commission obtained his statement under duress while the prosecution was applying to the court to tender his statement as evidence.
The commission, through its counsel, Mr. U. Uket, had sought to tender Dankaba’s statement to the commission as evidence, but after being shown the statement, he objected to it and told the court through Mr. Ahmed that he gave the statement under duress.
His counsel, therefore, prayed the court for trial-within-trial to be conducted to ascertain whether or not the statement was obtained under duress.
Uket, in his response to the application for a trial-within-trial by the defendant did not object to it.
The prosecution witness of the EFCC, Abubakar Buba, had earlier told the court that Dankaba made the statement voluntarily.
He also said the 3rd defendant in the matter, Alhaji Lawal Safana, who was interrogated on the 6th and 7th of August 2015, was fully cautioned before making the statement.
Before the witness stepped into the witness box to give his evidence in the matter, the court had earlier in a ruling admitted some documents which include bank statements as evidence in the matter.
The trial which involves former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema, and former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Sani Makana, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Lawal Safana and former Katsina State ALGON chairman, Ibrahim Dankaba, has been was adjourned to November 28, 2018 by the trial judge.