EFCC: Ex-Gombe Gov, Danjuma Goje, Awarded N1bn Contract For Books Without Due Process
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused former Gombe State Governor, Danjuma Goje, of awarding N1billion contract for supply of dictionaries without following due process.
He also paid the contractor 80 percent down payment.
The books were meant for Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board.
This was revealed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Gombe Zonal office.
He was alleged to have paid 85 per cent of the contract sum upfront to the supplier, Real and Integrated Hospitality Company as against the prescribed N15 per cent as contained in the board's guideline when he was the governor.
This was part of the revelation made at the Federal High Court sitting in Jos yesterday, at the continuation of trial of the senator by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The prosecution witness, Salisu Abaji, who was the former secretary to UBEB, made this testimony against his former boss. He further submitted that one Aliyu El-Naffty, former UBEB chairman, also an accused standing trial along with Goje, awarded the contract the same day and ordered the advance payment based on the directive of the ex-governor who is now a senator.
Another prosecution witness and former storekeeper to Gombe State Government House, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, concluded his testimony by tendering receipts of all payments made to the food contractor to the government during the eight years administration of Goje from 2003 and 2011.
However, Abaji admitted he played a role in the award and payment of the said amount as upfront to the contractor. This he did under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mr. Adeniyi Akintola.
Meanwhile the trial had been adjourned until 4th and 5th October, 2016, by the presiding judge, Justice B.O Quadri.
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