Former Katsina state governor Ibrahim Shema is presently docked making plea on the 26-count charges of alleged conspiracy and money laundering of about N5.776,552,396 of Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) as reported by Daily Trust.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC had dragged Shema before the court yesterday but his plea couldn’t be taken due to issues raised by his counsel, Emmanuel Ukala SAN.
One of the charges read ‘You Ibrahim Shema whilst being the edecutive governor of Katsina state. And one Idris Kwado ( now at large) between June, 2014 and May 2015 at Katsina, Katsina state within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, did conspire to commit an offence to wit money laundering and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a).
Of the money laundering (prohibition) Act 2011 ( as amended by the money laundering (prohibition) amendment act 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same act.
Already Shema alongside three others are facing another 24 count charges at the state High Court on alleged financial misdemeanour of about N11b brought by the EFCC.
1:45pm: The 26 charges have been read to Shema which he pleaded not guilty to them all.
2:10pm: Katsina SGS Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, Katsina APC Chairman entered the court
2:30pm: EFCC’s lawyer pleaded with the judge to remand Shema in prison until tomorrow
3:00pm : Shema’s lawyer pleading to the judge to grant his client bail
4:15 pm : Still waiting for the judge’s final judgment
4:40pm : The Court Judge granted EFCC to detained Shema till tomorrow
4:50pm: Shema is currently with the officers of the EFCC