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Alleged illness stalls ex-Gombe governor's trial

16 December 2014, 20:20

Gombe - The trial of former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, has been adjourned at the Federal High Court in Gombe because of the politician's alleged ill-health.

His counsel, Adeniyi Akintola, while presenting a medical report emanated from the National Assembly Clinic, said the former premier was unwell.

The ailment could not be ascertained.

“I appeal to the Economic and Economic Crimes Commission to accept the adjournment because the first accused person has never been absent in court except today, and he deserves to be respected as the immediate past Governor of the state, and a serving senator,” Akintola said.

EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu, wondered why the accused person was healthy to attend political rallies but too sick to attend his trial.

He opposed the application for adjournment, arguing that the medical report was forged.

Also read: Former Gombe governor arrested

“The medical report does not bear the name of the doctor that signed it, and no official stamp is on it,” he argued.

He argued that some sections of the Criminal Procedure Act states that when an accused on bail is absent in court, the surety must appear to furnish the court with necessary information but in this instance, both the accused and surety were not in court.

The case has however been adjourned to March 17 and 18 for continuation of hearing.

Goje and three alleged accomplices are undergoing trial for conspiracy and money laundering before Justice Babatunde Quadri.

- CAJ News

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