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Goje awarded N1bn contract without due process – Witness

A witness has told the court that Senator Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe State, awarded a contract for supply of dictionaries for over N1billion to Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board without following procurement process.

Goje 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 15 per cent as contained in the Board’s guideline when he was the governor.

This revelation was made at the Federal High Court, in Jos, 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 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 senator.

Another prosecution witness and former storekeeper to Gombe State 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 was been adjourned till October 4 and 5, 2016.