The former Katsina State Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema has denied embezzling N5.7bn SURE-P fund.
The former Governor also said that he is ready to defend himself in a fair and just trial over alleged laundering of SURE-P funds.
The Ex-Governor made this known in a statement signed on his behalf by his Head of Media Team, Oluwabusola Olawale and gotten by katsinapost.com insisting that he is innocent.
The statement also noted that the former governor demands a transparent and fair trial.
Below is the statement:
“Our attention has been drawn to publication credited to EFCC Kano Zonal Office authored by its Spokesperson, Idris Nadabo about a fresh suit against former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema filed by the Commission before Justice Babagana Ahmed of the Federal High Court Katsina over alleged laundering of N5. 7bn meant for the Subsidy Re Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE – P).
Our position remains the same since Governor Aminu Bello Masari started his persecution, intimidation and harassment of former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema by setting up over 30 different Committees to probe Shema administration, granted over 200 media interviews to call him a thief and continue to sponsors media trial against Shema, setting up Commission of Inquiry, sponsoring petitions to EFCC and ICPC, sponsoring EFCC using Katsina State Attorney General Fiat to take Shema before Justice Maikaita Bako of Katsina State High Court while at the same time obtaining Fiat from the Attorney General of the Federation curiously to take over Corruption case from ICPC before the same Justice Maikaita Bako to satisfy the interest of Governor Masari and his Co travellers, pressuring EFCC to take him before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of Federal High Court Abuja on allegations that are being adjudicated before another Court, and now taking Shema before Justice Babagana Ahmed of Federal High Court Katsina on the same issues and allegations.
Former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema stands by his position that he is ready to defend himself in fair and just trial and therefore urging Nigerians and International Communities to read between the lines what is the motive of Governor Aminu Bello Masari who is behind trial of Shema for this desperation. And with the fresh suit before Justice Babagana Ahmed of Federal High Court Katsina, we urge Nigerians and International Communities to monitor closely the planned arraignment of Shema on the slated date to understand the motive and agenda of the fresh suit.
We insist that Former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema is innocent and demands for transparent, fair and just trail based on the rule of law with the absolute belief that the God we worship is a just God who abhors injustice.
It could be recalled that the EFCC, in its statement, said the former governor will appear in court on Monday on a 26-count charge.