Ex-Gov. Shema, wanted by EFCC, in talks for ‘soft landing’

Ibrahim Shema

Legal representatives of Ibrahim Shema, the immediate past governor of Katsina State, who was declared wanted on Wednesday for alleged fraud, are negotiating with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his spokesman said Thursday.

A spokesperson said there were talks to “cool everything down”, and to allow Mr. Shema respond to the commission’s invitation on a later date.

Mr. Shema was declared wanted on Thursday night on allegations that he committed offenses such as “criminal conspiracy, inflation of contract, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement running into billions of naira”.

The EFCC said the former governor, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, was declared wanted after efforts to get him to respond to the allegations, or invitations by the EFCC, failed.

Mr. Shema’s spokesman, Oluwabusola Olawale, told PREMIUM TIMES that the former governor’s lawyers were holding talks that could allow the governor a soft landing.

“His lawyers are negotiating with EFCC officials to cool everything down and allow him come on a new date,” Mr. Olawale said. “We’re hoping there’ll be a breakthrough between today and tomorrow.”

Sources in the anti-graft office had told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday that Mr. Shema was sought for allegedly mismanaging about N68 billion of state funds while he was governor between 2007 and 2015.

In 2012 alone, sources said Mr. Shema allegedly diverted about N18 billion from government coffers into his private accounts for undisclosed reasons.

The officials said Mr. Shema further raided local governments monthly allocation accounts which were being jointly run with the state government, leaving little for developmental projects and clearance of local government employees’ wages and salaries. A sum of N50 billion is believed to have been mismanaged this way.

Mr. Shema has denied the allegations.

He accuses his successor, Bello Masari, of setting the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies against him.

Mr. Masari, however, denied the allegations, saying he won’t exchange words with Mr. Shema because some of the corruption charges were already in court.

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  • Ade Omowest

    This must be a pure witch-hunting because Ibrahim Shema, is a Christian and a Southerner.

    • Burning Spear

      Fulanis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates do not go to jail in Nigeria————–they like Aisha Buhari——————are the custodians of our collective wisdom in the creeks of the Niger delta———————freedom is our goal–no the rule of the fulanis from sokoto and the Yorubas from togo ati freetown

      • Observer

        Authentic baby factory… Keep wailing , thats your head ache for all i care

    • absam777

      You forgot to add Wizard-hunting . lol

    • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun


      • Julius

        You didnt get the sarcasm ?

    • Julius

      lolz. Good point bro. Him be Ijaw and Ibo man combined .lmaoooo !!

  • IZON Redeemer

    The only governors who go to jail in Nigeria are the Ijaws–from the SS-not the Fulanis————Ibos and Yorubas—-Yes tribalism again abi? Animals—–Here they talk of soft landing——–If he were to be an Ijaw ex gwabna–he would have found himself in the gulag of Buhari before he knows where to serve his prison term—————–That is why till date Alams is the only governor to spend unholy regional time in jail –Under the Satanic rule of a Yoruba man–Obj———–Then have Buhari and Obasanjo arrange with the Sun newspaper owned by an Ibo man Orji Kalu—-frame him up–then murder him–in his sleep with their fake stories on the Ijaw Nation———-The Former first lady was never in charge of any Ministry——-in Nigeria———————–Whatever she got came to her as gift———Now the Fulanis and Yorubas say she has no right to whatever money she got as gift——————–from her well wishers———–So Efcc now connives with Dudafa to steal what rightly belongs to the first lady——–The entire idea is designed to put the Ijaw Nation in perpetual economic bandoage–Soon u will see them have certain fake NGOs clamour for the trial of the first lady——See why most African leaders hardly ever yearn to hadn over power peacefully—because of these types of witch hunt————against the Ijaw Nation-That is what the Ijaws do not also understand——They are not wanted in Nigeria why negotiate with the Tripod–for heaven sake’ ?——-While Aisha Buhari who was named in the Halliburton case remains elusive to the laws of Nigeria——That is what we call Justice Nigeriana—–That to them is no tribalism abi?——EFCC—Created to fight the Ijaw Nation with the Itsekiris and Urhobo mumus—–as LED BY KEYAMO AN URHOBO MAN ati THEIR ITSEKIRI LANDLORD IN EFCC–SAGAY—as the prosecutor of the Ijaws for the itsekiris——-

    • Observer

      But they gave Olisa Metu a soft landing too. If others comply without their childish denial like that of your brother’s mumu wife… There will be soft landing for them too… Moreover, is Dansuki your brother?

    • FineBoy

      Why should an Igbo man become Izon Redeemer?
      We are not fraudulent in Niger Delta.
      We only fight for our rights and not fraud

      • front man

        Your right or terrorism

  • IZON Redeemer

    The wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, says the four persons who pleaded guilty to money laundering charges on behalf of the four companies linked to her are mercenaries hired by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

    The ex-President’s wife stated this in a statement on Thursday by her media aide, Chima Osuji.

    She alleged that the EFCC presented four unknown persons, who were not authorised by the companies’ boards to plead guilty on behalf of the companies.

    She said it was a ploy by the EFCC to ensure that her hard-earn money was confiscated.

    The ex-President’s wife argued that the EFCC failed to comply with Section 477 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, by not presenting to the court on Thursday any letter to show that the four persons were authorised by the companies to represent them.

    “This is a clear evidence of the desperation of the prosecution to pull down the former First Lady and confiscate her hard-earned money.

    “It is an irony that it was the former First Lady who went to court for the repatriation of her confiscated money when she realised that the EFCC and its co-travellers were playing politics with this issue after she had come out publicly to say that the said money belongs to her and that she has all evidence to prove the sources of her money. Up till this very moment, the EFCC has refused to interrogate or invite her for questioning.

    • Observer

      Shut up, same news said the EFCC debunked her claim with the fact that the directors names are in the Cooperate affairs commision (CAC) as the registered directors of the company. Marceneries kor, machinery ni. Shebi she said she don’t want her husband to go to jail during the 2015 Presidential election campaign, this time, she should be warming jp to ho to jail herself. Do you know how much is $15m at all?

    • Julius

      lol@her hard-earn money was confiscated….”earned”. You’ve lost your mind dude.