The trail of the former Katsina state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema on the alleged 11bn fraud will continue today at the high court in Katsina based on the directives by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has on Friday 26th January,2018 affirmed the judgment of Court of Appeal, Kaduna, which authorized the trial of ex-governor on the allegation of N11 billion fraud by the high court in Katsina.
While delivering ruling on the interlocutory application, a full panel of the court led by Justice Sidi Bage, held that the Constitution empowered the EFCC to prosecute suspects of graft allegations at federal and state levels.
The panel of judges also ruled that the judgment of the Appeal Court, Kaduna, delivered on Sept.13, 2017, which mandated the applicants to submit themselves to trial at the High Court of Katsina, is right.
It could be recalled that EFCC had arraigned Shema and the three others before Justice Maikaita Bako of the state high court for allegedly defrauding the state during his eight years as governor.
However, the accused had approached the apex court asking it to set aside the decisions of the lower courts.
They had challenged the jurisdiction of the trial court and the acclaimed lack of powers of the EFCC to prosecute them for alleged offences committed in the state.
Katsina Post recalls that the trial court had fixed February 13 for parties to report to it on the outcome of the Supreme Court decision.