Katsina State ex-governor Shema arraigned on fraud charges
A former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, was yesterday arraigned for allegedly misappropriating public funds during his tenure.
Shema was charged before Justice Ibrahim Bako by the Katsina State government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He, however, did not take a plea.
The EFCC’s counsel, Jibrin Samuel, had urged the court to remand Shema in prison to enable them to have unhindered access to him.
Samuel also prayed the court to revoke the administrative bail earlier given to him, saying he had shown some signs of not reporting to the commission.
However, the defence counsel, Joseph Daudu, objected to the prayer of the EFFC’s counsel.
Daudu argued that the state High Court had no jurisdiction to try Shema, adding that he should be allowed to go home until the case was appropriately filed.
The trial judge ruled that it was premature for the EFCC to pray for the detention of the ex-governor.
He advised both sides to take the case slowly to have a decent trial and adjourned the case till February 7 for mention.