The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned Ibrahim Shema, former governor of Katsina state, alongside three others before Ibrahim Bako, a justice of Katsina high court.
He was arraigned on a 22-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds.
Jibrin Samuel, the agency’s counsel, urged the court to revoke an administrative bail earlier given to Shema for showing some “signs of not reporting to the commission” as agreed.
Samuel demanded that Shema be remanded in prison so that there could be access to him at will.
Joseph Daudu, the defence counsel, objected to the prayer of the EFCC counsel.
Daudu argued that the state high court had no jurisdiction to try his client, adding that Shema should be allowed to go home until the case had been appropriately filed.
Bako ruled that it was premature for the EFCC counsel to pray for the detention of the ex-governor.
He advised both sides to take the case slowly in order to have a decent trial, and adjourned the case till February 7 for mention.