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Pardon: Tambuwal Acted To Correct Injustice- Officials
  • Posted: 06/Oct/2017
  • Officials of Sokoto State Government have given insights into the alleged pardoning of two serving commissioners in the state, affirming that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal only acted to correct perceived wrongs done to the officials by the preceding administration.

    Officials of the state administration in their narrative alleged that what the governor did was to order a review of the report of the judicial commission of inquiry, which they said was in the first place politically masterminded by the Aliyu Wamakko administration to rope in the officials because of the differences with the preceding Attahiru Bafarawa administration.

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, last week said it had challenged the power of Tambuwal to ‘pardon’ five persons standing trial for corrupt practices in offences allegedly committed during the regime of former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa who ruled between 1999 and 2007.

    The defendants include two serving commissioners, Tukur Alkali and Isa Achida. Others are Chairman of the Governing Board of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi; member representing Isa constituency at the House of Assembly, Alhaji Habibu Modachi; and a Permanent Secretary, Isah Bello.

    A source who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorised to speak to the press on the issue, said the foundation of the case was more or less politically-motivated, and Tambuwal only interfered in it to right a wrong committed by the last regime of Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.

    The source said: “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 costs.” “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. “Quashing of the indictment has nothing to do with the EFCC’s case in court. It was the natural thing to do since those indicting have a strong case of not being given a fair hearing in the first instance.

    “Seeing that the foundation upon which the EFCC based its case against them was faulty and was eventually quashed by the government, the defendants approached the court with the new document issued by the government, and Justice Abass Bello discharged them and advised EFCC to base its case on other things if it hopes to continue with the prosecution of same people on same matter.

    “How EFCC went public with different thing to what transpired in court surprised everyone involved in the case. However, now that an appeal has been filed, we will pursue the matter to logical conclusion,” she added. Efforts to get a reaction from the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren were not successful yesterday as he did not pick calls to his phone and did not respond to a text message sent to him.

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