Trial-within-trial: Court adjourns case between EFCC, Shema to 23rd, 24th Jan
Trial-within-trial: Court adjourns caawse between EFCC, Shema to 23rd, 24th Jan
The judge presiding over the case between EFCC and Katsina State’s ex-Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema and three others over alleged misappropriation of N11 billion LGAs fund, Justice Maikaita Bako had adjourned the case to the 23rd and 24th of January for continuation.
It could be recalled that one of the defendants in the trial of the former Governor has told Justice Maikaita Bako of the state high court before itself last adjournment 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.
His counsel, therefore, prayed the court for trial-within-trial to be conducted to ascertain whether or not the statement was obtained under duress.
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.
However, during today’s proceedings, two staff of the EFCC – Abubakar Buba and Abu Fari testified before the court that they neither forced coarse nor intimidated the 4th defendant in the course of their investigation and they were cross-examined by the defense counsel.
The defense counsel later asked the judge for adjournment for them to present their defence witness.