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Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

N5.7 bn alleged fraud: Court remands ex-gov Shema in EFCC custody

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From Lawal Sa’ idu Funtua, Katsina

A Federal High Court sitting in Katsina has yesterday remanded ex-governor of Katsina state in EFCC custody pending the determination of his bail application on Friday 27th April after he was initially arraigned before the court on N5.7 Billion SURE-P funds fraud.
The presiding Judge, Justice Babagaba Ashigar has ruled that the ex-governor should remain in EFCC custody on the date set aside for the court to rule on his written bail application.
The EFCC had earlier arraigned the ex-governor on 26 count charges of money laundering which was an unlawful act to wit fraud contrary to section 15 2 (d) of money laundering prohibition act 2011 as amended.
The EFCC further alleged that the crime committed by the Ex-Gov was punishable under section 15 sub 3 of the same act.
However the Ex-Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema denied all the 26 charges slammed against him by the anti-graft agency,
It was after argument of bail application by counsel to the Ex-Governor, Emmanuel Ukala and that of the EFCC, Ologun-Orisa that the court set aside the 27th April to rule on the application.
It could be recalled that the former governor was also standing trial before a Katsina State High Court presided by Justice Maikaita Bako over alleged N11 billion fraud.

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