The accused persons, including Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe State, are being arraigned for money laundering.
The Federal High Court in Gombe on Wednesday refused an application by Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State and five others to transfer the case of conspiracy and money laundering of about N52 billion brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Counsel to the accused persons, Chris Uche, had approached the court, presided over by Babatunde Quadri, to transfer the case from Gombe to Abuja citing prevailing insecurity in Gombe and the North East region.
Mr. Goje is a leading member of the Peoples Democratic Party and a member of it Board of Trustees.
In the supporting affidavit, Mr. Uche stated that the spate of kidnappings, killings, assassinations, and bomb blasts in the North East and Gombe in particular, makes the place unsafe for his clients to have fair hearing.
EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu, however, opposed the application, stating that insecurity is a national challenge, which the security agencies are addressing.
In his ruling, Mr. Quadri dismissed the application for lack of merit. According to the judge, ‘criminal jurisdiction of crime is territorial and cannot be amorphous’.He then fixed March 7 and 8, 2013, for continuation of trial of Mr. Goje and accelerated hearing.