Court acquits former governor Ibrahim Turaki of N8.3bn fraud

Former Jigawa governor Saminu Turaki

A Federal High Court sitting in Dutse, Jigawa State has discharged and acquitted former governor Ibrahim Turaki accused of fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused Turaki of N8.3bn fraud.

The ex-governor and three other companies had been standing trial since May 4, 2007, in a suit filed by the EFCC on 33 counts.

Turaki was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on July 13, 2007.

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

A new judge, Justice Hassan Dikko, was reassigned to take over the case which was formerly being handled by Justice S. Yahuza before his retirement early in December.

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, Turaki, be released to him with immediate effect.

Reacting on the judgment, Barrister Saidu Tudunwada, who is one of the defence counsels, said that the court found merit in their application for the discharge of the accused persons.

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