Seyi Olofinmoye, Lagos
The EFCC had also arraigned 10 others before a Sokoto State High Court for the same alleged offences.
Curiously, however, only those who are currently serving under Tambuwal were pardoned while the others, including Bafarawa were left to their fate.
The anti-graft agency, however, on its Facebook page said it had filed an appeal and would ensure that the five pardoned persons do not escape justice.
The EFCC said, “The EFCC, on September 25, 2017 filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, challenging the judgment delivered by the Sokoto State High in respect of pardon granted by the Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to five accused persons who were charged alongside former governor Attahiru Bafarawa.
“It would be recalled that on June 29, 2017, the Sokoto State High Court presided over by Justice Bello Abbas delivered a judgment discharging five accused persons, Alhaji Tukur Alkali, Bello Isah, Alhaji Isah Sadiq, Alhaji Habibu Modachi and Alhaji Muhammadu Dingyadi.
“The ruling was sequel to a motion filed by the respondents seeking to be discharged from further criminal proceedings based on a pardon granted to them by the Sokoto State Government.”