Trial within trial: Katsina High Court rules on EFCC VS Shema, 3 others tomorrow
Justice Maikaita Bako will deliver his ruling regarding the ongoing trial-within-trial he is presiding between the EFCC, Katsina ex-governor and three others tomorrow, Katsina Post can authoritatively report.
Recall that in continuation of the trial-within-trail between Katsina Ex-governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shema, three former Katsina State’s government officials and Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Katsina State government held a brief session on 14th of November, 2019 and the judged adjourned the case to tomorrow, 19th November for his ruling.
The accused claimed that they were forced to write the statements they made at EFCC office under duress.
Recall also that earlier in June this year, absence of the judge, Justice Mai Kaita Bako presiding over the court case forced it to be adjourned.
Recall also that at the last sitting of the court last April, a witness, Sani Hamisu Makana in the trial within trial told Justice Maikaita Bako of the State High Court that at a meeting held at EFCC office on the November 16th, 2016, the EFCC counsel, Mr. O. I. Uket told them that he “has gone through the case files and all the statements and he has not seen anything tangible that they can go to court with and that is why they invited us if any of us can add to our statement”.
Sani Hamisu Makana told the court that apart from the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Uket, also at the meeting were, three EFCC operatives, Mr. Edward, Abu Fari and Abubakar Buba, including Katsina State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ahmed El Marzuk, Special Assistant to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Rabe Nasir, former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lawal Rufai, former state chairman ALGON, Ibrahim Dankaba and two other state ALGON officials, Nasir Yat Allah and Hussain Dambo.
Another defense witness, Lawal Rufai during the trial within trial testified that he was at the meeting and that it was true that EFCC lawyer Mr. Uket told them that nothing tangible found from the Commission investigation, the position he maintained during the cross-examination by EFCC counsel, Mr. Uket himself.