Trial of Former Kastina Governor, Shema Over Alleged Fraud of N11bn Begins February 13

The trial of the immediate past Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, has been slated for mention on February 13, 2018.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) had filed charges against the former on alleged misappropriation of N11bn belonging to the state.
The Katsina State Government had petitioned the EFCC accusing Shema of embezzling the said money during his tenure as Governor of the state.
A Katsina State High Court fixed the February date after the EFCC filed the case on Tuesday.
However, Shema had earlier challenged the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear the case but lost.
A Court of Appeal in Kaduna upheld the decision of the lower court.
This nudged him to the Supreme Court, which has fixed November 8, to hear his appeal on the verdict by the appellate court.
During the proceedings at the state High Court on Tuesday in Katsina, the defence counsel, Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN), prayed the court to adjourn the case, pending the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on jurisdiction.
But the prosecution counsel, Earnest Obunadike, objected to the request by the defence, urging the court to proceed with the trial.
The Judge, Justice Ibrahim Maikaita-Bako, who adjourned the case to February 13, 2018, for a mention, however, said the court might fix an earlier date if the Supreme Court delivers its verdict before February next year.

Author: News Editor

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