The trial of a former Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema at the federal high court, Abuja, took a new twist on Thursday as one of the witnesses in the N5.7 billion fraud case contradicted himself in court.
The witness, Nasiru Salisu Ingawa, in his evidence before the court had alleged that the contracts under the SURE-P fund were inflated.
However, under cross examination, Ingawa, who was the special adviser to the former governor on SURE-P, said there was no evidence to prove the allegation.
According to him, there was no evidence or proof to show that any contract was inflated or not executed.
He further said in his statement before the court that he did not at anytime take money to the former governor during his tenure as the Special Adviser to the former governor on SURE-P
When cross examined by counsel to the defendant, Sebastine Hon, SAN, the witness said to there was nothing to show that any contract was inflated.
He also said in the court that there was no evidence to prove that the former governor collected any money from him.
When asked further, if due process was followed in award of the contracts from the documents tendered to the court, the witness responded- ” yes my lord, the documents show due process was followed.”
The defendant’s counsel also cross examined Ingawa to ascertain if contracts were executed and items delivered to the store of Sure P based on documents tendered as exhibits and he responded in the affirmative.
The witness, who said he was the chief accounting officer of Sure-P also admitted that all the memo for the contracts awarded were authored by him and not the defendant.
The prosecution counsel, O. I. Uket, however applied for the adjournment of the trial to allow re-examination of the witness after the defendant closed his cross examination of the witness.
Although, the trial judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari, frowned at the application for adjournment but adjourned the case to April 23rd and 24th for re-examination and continuation of trial.