The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has spoken up about his decision to withdraw a N25bn fraud case against Senator Danjuma Goje.
Malami said the decision was made as the case against Goje was weak.
Speculation had been rife that the Presidency had withdrawn the matter because of Goje’s willingness to drop his Senate Presidency ambition to support Senator Ahmed Lawan who later emerged victorious.
Speaking through his spokesman, Dr. Umar Gwandu, the AGF denied all speculations, asserting that his office had the right to withdraw any criminal case at any time.
The statement read in part, “As to the allegation of withdrawal of the corruption case of N25bn against former Gombe State Governor, Senator Danjuma Goje; the first point of correction is that the AGF did not withdraw a N25bn case.
“The EFCC had filed a 21 charges of N8bn against Senator Goje and had been prosecuting same for over eight years without the AGF’s interference but after a no case submission filed by Senator Goje, 19 of the 21 counts making up the N8bn were struck out by the court leaving only two counts bordering on the manner in which the sale of some old buses belonging to Gombe State Transport Company between 2003 and 2011 were handled under the watch of Senator Goje.
“It was the said last two counts that the AGF thoroughly reviewed in 2019 and having found no prima facie case, withdrew in exercise of his constitutional power pursuant to Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution.”
Many question why the Court was not allowed to decide the strength of the case, dubbing it a political move shrouded in secrecy.