Alleged N950 million Fraud: EFCC seeks transfer of Shekarau’s case to Abuja

Ibrahim Shekarau
Ibrahim Shekarau

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has applied to transfer the case of a former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, from the Federal High Court Kano to Abuja.

The counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojogbame, requested this due to ”security reasons” when the case was called up for hearing.

Mr Ojogbame said: “Some of our witnesses are scared that they will be abducted and their lives are not safe.”

He told the court that he had sent an application for the transfer to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and ”served the defence counsel with a copy.”

However counsel to Mr Shekarau, Sam Ologunorisa, opposed the appeal. He said it violates the basis of the bail granted to the accused.

He said there is no cause for any fears over security as the case can be heard in Kano.

The judge, Zainab Abubakar, adjourned the matter to October 18 for a final verdict on the application.

Mr Shekarau, a former minister of education, Aminu Wali and Mansur Ahmed have been accused of sharing N950 million campaign funds prior to the 2015 elections.

The defendants face a six-count charge of conspiracy. They are accused of receiving the cash payment without passing through a financial institution in violation of Nigerian laws.

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