Shema, 3 others trial: 4th dependant statements made under duress – Court rules
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Shema, 3 others trial: Court says 4th dependant statements made under duress
Justice Maikaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court has dismissed the statements of the 4th defendant, Ibrahim Dankaba tendered by the EFCC in the case filed against former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema and former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Sani Hamisu Makana, former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Lawal Rufai and former State ALGON chairman, Ibrahim Dankaba, on the basis that the statements were made under duress by the defendant.
It could be recalled that during the trial of the defendants, the 4th defendant in the trial, Ibrahim Dankaba told the court that his statements to the EFCC were obtained under duress with the threat that if he does not implicate the former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema in the statements he will be detained and sent to the prison by the EFCC operatives, the development which led to the trial within trial to determine the claims of the defendant.
In his ruling on trial within trial on Tuesday, Justice Maikaita Bako said “why should EFCC operatives in the course of interrogation of the defendant chase away the defendant’s lawyer and only obtained the statements after the defendant has been detained and subjected to inhuman treatment”, he subsequently dismissed the statements and adjourned the continuation of the trial to December 11th and 12th, 2019.