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Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

N11bn fraud: Court adjourns trail of Shema, 3 others to April 10

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From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua Katsina

A Katsina High Court 111, presided by Justice Maikaita Bako has shifted to April, 10th, 11th and 12th for the commencement of the trial of former Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema and three others over alleged N11 billion fraud.
It could be recalled that the ex-governor and three others have challenged the jurisdiction of the Katsina High Court over their trial where the Supreme Court asked them to return to the Katsina court to face trial.
At the resume hearing, yesterday Justice Bako urged the prosecution to make available to the defendants all the necessary papers containing the charges against them before the next adjourned dates.
Earlier, the counsel to the EFCC, Barrister Sam Ogulobisi has told the court that the prosecution had added two more charges against the accused persons.
However, the counsel to the accused persons, J.B Daudu has vowed that his client will fight for their rights in making sure that they were presented with the relevant papers containing the charges before the next sitting of the court.
Those standing trial with the former governor, Ibrahim Shema over the alleged N11 bn fraud include, Sani Hamisu Makana, former commissioner of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Lawal Rufa’I, former permanent secretary ministry of local government and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba, former chairman ALGON.

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