Federal High Court in Katsina yesterday adjourned till April 23 and 24 to re-examine and continue the trial of former Governor Shehu Shema for alleged embezzlement of N5.7 billion SURE-P fund.
Presiding judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari, granted the application for the adjournment filed by prosecution counsel O. I. Uket.
The lawyer prayed the court to allow the re-examination of the witness after the defendant closed his cross-examination of the witness.
At the resumption of the trial yesterday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) star witness, Nasiru Salisu Ingawa, had earlier, in his statement to the court, alleged inflation of contracts’ sum by the defendant.
The witness told the court during cross-examination that there was no evidence or proof that any contract was inflated or not executed or that he took money to the defendant.
During the cross-examination, defence counsel Sebastian Tar Hon (SAN) said: “From all the documents tendered as exhibits, is there anything to show that any contract was inflated or not executed or was any money taken by you to the defendant?
Ingawa: “Yes, my lord, there was no document or evidence.”
When the lawyer asked the witness if due process was followed in the award of the contracts, from the documents tendered to the court, the witness said: “Yes, my lord, the documents show due process was followed.
“Contracts were executed and items delivered to the store of DURE-P, based on documents tendered as exhibits.”
Source: The Nation