The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described as “shocking and unacceptable”, the ruling of the Sokoto State High Court which discharged and acquitted former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa of the charges against him.
Spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday, hours after Justice Bello Abbas cleared the former governor and four others of the 22 counts of conspiracy, criminal misappropriation, theft and receiving of stolen funds levelled against them.
Others acquitted alongside Bafarawa are Nasiru Bafarawa, Salihu Gummi, Beedash Nigeria Limited, and Nasdabap Nigeria Limited.
In the course of the trial, the EFCC said it called nine witnesses and presented several documents that were admitted in evidence while the defendants called only six witnesses.
They were, however, surprised that Justice Abbas discharged and acquitted the accused persons of all counts on the premise that the evidence presented by the prosecution were “mere hearsay”, and that there were “no documentary evidence” to back up the claim of witnesses.
The anti-graft agency claimed that the judge erred in law while its counsel has been mandated to immediately appeal the ruling at the Court of Appeal.