A five-man panel of the Court of Enchantment sitting in Sokoto and presided over by Justice Hannatu Sankey has, in two separate appeals, voided the state pardon granted to some former officers of the state who have been prosecuted by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC on the Sokoto state Excessive Court.
Delivering the lead judgments within the two appeals filed by the EFCC in opposition to Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi (former SSG) and Isa Sadiq Achida, Justice Sankey and Justice Ndukwe-Anyawu each held that the governor’s pardon was invalid because the accused individuals have been nonetheless present process trial.
The choose additional held that the accused one who had not been convicted was presumed harmless and subsequently could possibly be validly granted state pardon by the governor. Consequently, the Court put aside the instrument of pardon in addition to the discharge of the accused individuals by the trial court.
The attraction court additional ordered that the 2 accused individuals be tried by one other choose of the State Excessive Court aside from Justice Bello Abbass who dealt with the preliminary trial. It could be recalled that the accused individuals have been being tried alongside former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, over a N15billion fraud.
A Sokoto State Excessive Court presided over by Honourable Justice Bello Abbas delivered a ruling which discharged them alongside three others, Alhaji Tukur Alkali, Bello Isah and one Alhaji Halilu Modachi. Their discharge was sequel to a movement filed by the accused individuals searching for to be discharged from additional prison proceedings based mostly on a pardon granted to them by the Sokoto State Governor.
Dissatisfied with the ruling of the decrease court, the EFCC approached the court of attraction sitting in Sokoto praying that the ruling of the decrease court be put aside.