Wanted Ex-governor Shema Reports Self to EFCC

A former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, who the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared wanted Wednesday for allegedly diverting N18bn of government’s fund to his private account has reported himself at the office of the EFCC, Friday morning.
He was reported to have turned himself in at EFCC office in Abuja around 9:30 a.m. Friday.
The EFCC had said that the former Governor, who governed Kastina State between 2007 and 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, was declared wanted after efforts to get him to respond to the allegations through invitations by the EFCC failed.
According to his spokesperson, Oluwabusola Olawale, the ex-governor turned himself in because “he is a law abiding citizen who has absolutely nothing to fear.”
He added that Shema “went to submit himself to the EFCC even though the agency has not been fair to him in handling his case.”
The EFCC had said Wednesday: “The public is hereby notified that Ibrahim Shema, a former Governor of katsina state, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former Governor was declared wanted “In connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, inflation of contract, abuse of office, diversion of funds, and embezzlement running into billions of naira”, the statement read.
The EFCC added, “The former Governor ignored several invitations by the commission since December 1, 2015 when he was first summoned by the agency.
“All efforts to locate him at his known address in Abuja and Katsina were futile. The 59-year-old hails from Dutse-enma local government area of Katsina State.
“Anybody having useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the commission or report to the nearest police station.”
Shema, who is married to one of the daughters of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, was elected Governor in 2007, the same year his father in-law became the nation’s number one citizen.
Shema has been having a running battle with his successor, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari who had reportedly lamented the parlous state of the economy he met in the state when he took over, while attributing such to alleged mismanagement of the states funds by Shema
The former Governor has denied the allegations of corruption levelled against him, accusing Masari, his successor, of witch-hunting him.

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