N5.7bn SURE-P Fund: EFCC Witness Made Contradictory Statements Against Shema
At the continuation of trial of former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema at the Federal High Court Katsina on Thursday, the EFCC star witness, Nasiru Salisu Ingawa who earlier in his statement to the Court alleged inflation of contracts sum by the defendant said during the cross examination that there is no evidence or proof to show that any contract was inflated, or not executed or any money taken by him to the defendant.
During the cross examination of the witness, defendant counsel, Sebastine Tar Hon (SAN) asked – ” from all the documents tendered as exhibits there is nothing to show that any contract was inflated or not executed or any money taken by you to the defendant?” Nasiru Ingawa – ” yes my lord no document or evidence “.
When asked further if due process was followed in awarding of the contracts from the documents tendered to the court, the witness responded- ” yes my lord the documents show due process was followed “.
Sebastine Hon – ” contracts were executed and items delivered to the store of Sure P based on documents tendered as exhibits “.
Nasiru Ingawa- “yes my lord ”
The witness who said he was the chief Accounting Officer of Sure P also admitted that all the memo for the contracts awarded were authored by him and not the defendant.
The prosecution counsel led by O. I. Uket however applied for the adjournment of the trial to allow re examination of the witness after the defendant closed his cross examination of the witness.
Although trial judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari frowned at the application but subsequently adjourned the case to April 23rd and 24th for re examination and continuation of the trial.