“I Never Faced N25 Billion Corruption Charge” – Goje
Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State and the Senator Danjuma Goje representing Gombe Central at the National Assembly has refuted ever being faced by N25 billion the trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Goje, in a statement on released to newsmen on Thursday by Paul Erokoro, his legal counsel, described the claim as “inaccurate and untrue.”
Mr. Erokoro was addressing media reports which alleged that the former governor, Mr Goje was facing a N25bn corruption charges which were withdrawn following his decision to step down from the Senate presidency race in June.
According to Erokoro, the actual amount mentioned in the corruption charge was N9 billion.
The statement said; “The so-called ‘N25b fraud’ that has been bandied about in the media, never featured in the case. The sum total of all the monies mentioned in the charge was about N8b,”
“Of that total, N5billion was a loan taken from Access Bank for completion of infrastructural projects such as the Gombe airport, waterworks, numerous roads, Gombe Jewel Hotels, schools, hospitals and rural electrification.
“The bank testified in Court that the money was properly utilised for the projects. The EFCC investigators also confirmed to the Court that the projects were all completed.”
While speaking on the N1 billion agricultural loan, he said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had testified in court that the loan was utilised in full compliance with the bank’s loan conditions.
The lawmaker’s counsel said all the 19 counts of the charge around the above monetary issues collapsed during the trial.
He further added that the Attorney-General of the Federation withdrew the charges after taking over the case from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because of the embarrassing nature of the two remaining counts and not on political negotiation as being speculated.