The police said a file containing “write-ups” on how a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, plotted the assassination of a fiery cleric, Jaafar Adam, was found during a raid in the residence of Danjuma Goje.
The Islamic scholar was assassinated on April 13, 2007 while leading a dawn prayer in his mosque in Kano.
Mr Goje, a former Governor of Gombe State and senator representing Gombe Central, alleged that part of the documents the police took away from his house was the 2017 budget.
In a motion of personal explanation raised on the floor on Wednesday, the Senator said, the police, in addition to the sum of N18m cash retrieved from over 50 occupants of his residence, also took away his laptop computer and 18 office files, including one containing the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
In a statement Wednesday night by the spokesman to the Nigeria police, Moshood Jimoh, the police described the claim as false and misleading, listing the items found in the senator’s house.
Mr Jimoh said, “the report in its entirety is false, misleading and capable of misinforming Nigerians about the statutory roles and duties of the Nigeria Police Force as provided under Sections 4 & 28 of Police Act and Regulations, which includes prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property and the due enforcement of all laws and regulations, and authority to enter any house or premises to execute search warrant.
“It is pertinent to set the record straight and inform Nigerians of the facts of the matter. A search warrant duly obtained from court of competent jurisdiction was professionally executed in the house of Senator Danujma Goje on 20th April, 2017 at No. 10 Haile Salasie Street, Asokoro District Abuja which was subsequent upon intelligence report at the disposal of the Force that large sum of money suspected to be stolen public funds and other incriminating items are about to be moved out of the said house.
“It is worthy of note that on arrival of the Police team to Senator Danujma Goje’s house, the house keeper Ango Usman informed the Senator of the presence and mission of the team and he promised coming but later switched off his phone.
“The search warrant was successfully executed in the presence of three (3) close relatives of Senator Danjuma Goje who are residing in the house and the recoveries were made in their presence. The three (3) relatives listed below opened the house and took the Police team round the building, and endorsed their signatures after the completion of the search as required by the procedure of law on search warrant which contained the money, documents and Laptop recovered, and none of the items include 2017 budget document.”
The police said there was nothing like budget among the items recovered from the senator’s house.
He added, “For avoidance of doubt, the followings are the sum of money both in local and foreign currencies, vital documents and a Laptop recovered for investigation when the search warrant was executed in the house of Senator Danjuma Goje.
- Cash sum of Eighteen Million and Fifty Six Thousand Naira (₦18,056,000) only
- Cash sum of Nineteen Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty (19,850 US Dollars).
iii. Cash sum of Nine Thousand Four Hundred (SR9, 400) Saudi Riyal
- Thirty Eight (38) Files and Six (6) Envelopes containing documents, some of which are listed below
- File on funds spent on security administration and information gathering– a-g – 2009
- File on release of funds for Special operations a- f – 2009
- File on Gombe State Government of Nigeria Cash inflow 2005
- File on Project 2007 – Executive Briefs on how to fight opposition in Gombe State – Strategies and Tactics
- Envelopes containing permit to operate as an Oil Industry Service Company (special categories) 2011
- A File containing write-ups on how Governor Shekarau plotted the assassination of Sheikh Jafaru
- Letters from Alhaji Mohammed Danjuma Goje (Sarkin Yakin Gombe) to the MD LUBELL Nigeria Ltd of proposed residential Devt at Kashere Phase II dated 16/01/2007 and 19/11/2010,” it said.
The Nigeria Police Force insisted that there was no single document relating to 2017 budget sighted or removed by the Police team that executed the search warrant. There is video recording of the execution of the search warrant.
“The Inspector General of Police honoured the invitation of the National Assembly on 26th April, 2017 to explain the legality of the search warrant that was executed in the house of Senator Danjuma Goje on the 20th of April, 2017.
“Further investigation is currently ongoing into the matter. Police actions are in line with the provisions of Sec. 4 & 28 of Police Act and Regulations as mentioned in paragraph 2 above and consistent with Sec. 9 & 144 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.”
The statement described the claim by Mr Goje as a deliberate distraction to cast aspersion on police investigation to pervert justice.