Ex-Gov. Shema appears in court for alleged misappropriation of funds

Former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema [Photo: pulse.ng]

The immediate former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, has appeared in court for alleged financial misappropriation during his tenure as governor.

Mr. Shema was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Bako by the Katsina state government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.

He, however, did not take plea.

Earlier, EFCC counsel, Jibrin Samuel, had urged the court to remand Mr. Shema in prison so that they could have access to him at will.

Mr. Samuel asked that the administrative bail earlier given to Mr. Shema be revoked, saying he had shown some signs of not reporting to the commission.

The defence counsel, Joseph Daudu, however, objected to the prayer of the EFFC counsel to have his client remanded in prison custody.

Mr. Daudu argued that the state High Court had no jurisdiction to try his client, adding that Mr. Shema should be allowed to go home until the case had been appropriately filed.

The trial judge, Mr. Bako, ruled that it was premature for the EFCC counsel to pray for the detention of the ex-governor in prison.

He advised both sides to take the case slowly in order to have a decent trial, and adjourned the case till Feb. 7 for mention.

NAN reports that the state government had alleged illegal diversion of state funds during Mr. Shema’s tenure. (NAN)


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  • Arkhuma

    “He advised both sides to take the case slowly in order to have a decent trial, and adjourned the case till Feb. 7 for mention”

    These judges are so indulging. Why would a judge advise the prosecution to take a case slowly even in the prevailing sentiments of bringing those who have bankrupted this country to justice quickly to serve as deterrent. He then adjourned for “mention”. I’m sure if it’s possible they will keep adjourning until rapture. Unlessthese judges key into the mood of the nation, we will keep having a never ending prosecution. Why not cut off the red tapes of delays by defence teams. After all, the accused will still have the prerogative to appeal the judgement in a superior court if they feel there’d been a miscarriage of justice.

  • Dazmillion

    This reminds me of the foolishness of Rotimi Akeredolu. When asked if he would probe Mimiko for the massive corruption that went on under his government, Rotimi Akeredolu started shouting that probing Mimiko is not part of the mandate Ondo people gave him and he doesnt want to be distracted. This is a state where workers are owed 7 months salary.

    Shema is in court facing trial because the present government reported him to the EFCC. Is that too much to ask the same of Rotimi Akeredolu

    • Arkhuma

      What do you expect from our knucklehead politicians. Most likely he is thinking that one day, it well be his turn to leave too and what is good for the goose is good for the gander. He wouldn’t want his successor too to open his books when he leaves. And to think that he’s a lawyer and even a top notch of NBA befuddles one as to the perception of corruption within their ranks. Anyway, that is no more a surprise; judges and SANs are now being tried for corruption.