The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 arraigned twenty three suspected oil thieves before Justice C. E Archibong on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in Petroleum Products. The suspects comprising 10 Indians, three Ghanaians and 10 Nigerians pleaded not guilty after the charge was read in English and interpreted in Hindi to the Indian nationals.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has opposed the request by former Gombe State governor, Danjuma Goje to transfer his trial for conspiracy and money laundering from the Federal High Court Gombe to Abuja. Goje and five others (Aliyu El-Nafaty, Sambo Tumu, S.M. Dokoro and S.M. Dokoro Gombe) are standing trial before Justice Babatunde O. Quadri. At today sitting, the defence team led by Chris Uche, SAN drew the court's attention to the letter written to the Chief Justice of the Federation for change of venue and transfer of the case from the present court in Gombe to Abuja or any other jurisdiction outside Gombe state for security reasons. He urged the court to suspend proceedings while awaiting the directive from the CJN, before hearing of the pending application. But prosecution Counsel, Wahab Shittu objected, saying the court can continue with the matter pending any response from the CJN.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday January 22, 2013 arraigned one Nasiru Wada Kura before Justice Dije Abdu Aboki of Kano State High Court on one count charge bordering on conversion of fund to the tune of N15.8million.