Sokoto government official absolves Governor Tambuwal of pardoning any indicted officials

Sokoto government official absolves Governor Tambuwal of pardoning any indicted officials

- The Sokoto state government alleges that the EFCC is trying to tarnish the image of Governor Tambuwal

- A senior official of the state says a case by the anti-graft commission against five accused persons from the state is politically-motivated

- A commissioner in Sokoto state, Mohammed Bello Abubakar, loses two cases at the Court of Appeal which he filed against EFCC

The Sokoto state government has dismissed claims by the Economic and a Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that Governor Aminu Tambuwal granted pardon to five persons from the state standing trial for alleged financial crimes.

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The anti-graft agency had on Monday, September 25, filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Sokoto division, challenging the Judgment delivered by the Sokoto State High Court in respect of a pardon granted by the Governor of Sokoto to the five accused persons charged alongside the former governor of the state, Attahiru Bafarawa.

But a senior official of the Sokoto government accused the EFCC of trying to tarnish the image of the Governor Tambuwal, the Sun reports.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the case against the five accused persons was politically-motivated, and that Governor Tambuwal only interfered in it to right a wrongs committed by the Wamakko regime.

The official said: “The EFCC will do itself a lot of good if it weans itself of politically-motivated cases in order to boost its reputation and enhance the credibility of the fight against corruption in the country.

“This case was filed in the first instance because Wamakko fought tooth and nail to ensure that leading lights of the Bafarawa regime were prosecuted at all cost.

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“A commission of enquiry, under the leadership of Aminu Ahmad was set up which indicted the said persons. Many issues were raised about the procedure adopted by the commission. Upon their indictment, the EFCC filed charges in court against the persons based on the commission’s report and the white paper issued by the government.

“But two years ago, after waiting for eight years to quash the adoption of the commission’s report through legal means failed due to delays in court, the persons wrote to the new administration calling for a review of their indictment.

"The state government, based on strong case they had, reviewed the work of the commission of inquiry and discovered some errors in arriving at its final decision. The government then reached a conclusion that the report was not fair to some of the persons and eventually quashed the indictment in the spirit of justice and fairness.”

The official stated that the quashing of the indictment had nothing to do with the EFCC’s case in court, adding that it was the natural thing to do since those indicting have a strong case of not given a fair hearing in the first instance.

Meanwhile, a commissioner in Sokoto state, Mohammed Bello Abubakar, has lost two cases at the Court of Appeal which he filed against the EFCC.

Abubakar, who is the commissioner lands, could not stop the EFCC in the twin appeals he filed in respect of ruling delivered by the Federal High Court in Sokoto presided over by Justice RM Aikawa.

The commissioner had filed against the admissibility of some documents presented by the commission in the trial of the appellant.

The appellant, in the two separate appeals, urged the court to set aside the ruling of the lower court which admitted some documents presented by the EFCC.

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Source: Naij.com

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