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Did Wahab Shittu Lament Withdrawal Of Charges? NO

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CLAIM: A message circulating on Whatsapp claims that Barr. Wahab Shittu lamented the withdrawal of the corruption charges against former Gombe State Governor, Danjuma Goje, by the Federal Government 



A message attributed to Barrister Wahab Shittu has been circulating on Whatsapp. Barr. Shittu is the lead counsel in the prosecution of former Gombe State Governor, Danjuma Goje. The content of the statement lamented the withdrawal of the case from the court by the Attorney General (AG) of the Federal Republic.

Honestly this is very sad and a major setback for the Anti-corruption war of this administration. I’m awfully disappointed and pissed off. For 8 years, I risked my life travelling to and from Lagos to Gombe and Jos prosecuting the case for the Federal Government. I called about 25 witnesses and tendered well over 150 exhibits admitted in the proceedings.The court ruled the defendants have a case to answer on 2 of the counts and the stage was set for their defence.

“Suddenly the AG took over the case from the prosecution/EFCC. l dutifully handed over the files with detailed handover notes to assist the AGF. And now this, the state withdrew the charges. 8years of trial time wasted. Sad. Very sad. SUCH IS THE COLOUR OF INTEGRITY UNDER BUHARI’S WATCH, AND SUCH IS THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION”.

A message was sent to Barrister Wahab Shittu, asking if he truly made the statement. He denied it describing it as fake news. Whatsapp users should be wary of messages on the platform that purport to emanate from an authority as it could be false, just like this case!

Gbenga Samuel Salau is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs, with the pen name SSG. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer.
 He rose to be the editor-in-chief of Association of faculty of Arts Press Clubs. He joined The Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria after graduation. And as a reporter, he has covered events and attended conferences, workshops within and outside Nigeria. In 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories.
       In 2016, he was the first runner up in the NB Reporter of the Year and SERAs Award for CSR Reporting, aside winning the Print Journalist of the year award at the 2016 Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA). In 2018, he was second runner-up in the Lagos Reporting Category of DAME.     Gbenga Salau loves travelling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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