The High Court of Justice in Katsina State presided over by Justice Marika ita Bako has adjourned the trial of the former governor of the state,Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema, alongside three other persons till February 13, 2018.
Ex-Governor Shema is being charged alongside three others, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba before the State High Court for the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and looting of public funds to the tune of over 11 billion Naira during his second tenure as governor.
It could be recalled that earlier the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had on September 26, 2016, declared the former governor wanted for an alleged fraud amounting to 76 billion Naira.
The anti-graft agency said the decision was made because Mr. Shema had ignored all invitations since 2015 to answer questions about the allegationsmade by the current governor of the state, Governor Aminu Masari.
The agency further added that the former Katsina governor is wanted for criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, adding that all efforts to locate him has also provedunsuccessful.
But the incumbent governor of the state, Bello Masari is said to have been displeased with the handover note he received from his predecessor and thereafter set a panel to investigate themanagement of the state’s finances by Mr. Shema, vowing to ensure that all stolen funds are returned to the government coffers.