Court Discharges, Acquits ex-Jigawa Gov Of N8.3bn fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Thursday, discharged and acquitted former Jigawa State governor, Senator Saminu Turaki of the N8.3bn corruption charges preferred against him by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

EFCC had charged Turaki and three other companies to court on a 33-count charge of fraud. The trial started since May 4, 2007.

Recall that the former governor was arraigned by the EFCC before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on July 13, 2007.

But by 2011, the case was transferred to the Federal High Court, Dutse, after the former governor challenged the jurisdiction of the FCT division of the court.

The presiding judge, Justice Hassan Dikko, who delivered the ruling, struck out all charges and discharged all the accused persons for want of diligent prosecution.

The court further ordered that the travel document of the first accused person, Saminu Turaki, be released to him with immediate effect.

Reacting on the judgment, Saidu Tudunwada, who is one of the defense counsel, said that the court found merit in their application for the discharge of the accused person against the 33 counts.

He further said that, with the ruling, justice had been served and it was a victory for all.

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