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N11bn scandal: Ex-Governor Shema’s trial begins

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA High Court, yesterday, resumed prosecution of former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema, over alleged financial misappropriation.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had filed a motion at the court against the former governor and three others for alleged misappropriation of N11 billion during his eight years tenure as governor of the state.

Ex-Gov Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State

Others charged with him include his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hamisu Makana; Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government, Lawal Safana, and former ALGON Chairman, Lawal Dankaba.

At yesterday’s sitting, the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Bako, adjourned the case to April 10, 11 and 12 for the hearing.

Shema had gone to the Appeal Court in Kaduna to challenge the jurisdiction of the Katsina State High Court, where it (Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna) ruled in favour of Katsina State High Court to try the former governor, who proceeded to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, however, affirmed the judgment of Court of Appeal, Kaduna, which authorised the trial of the ex-governor.


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