This morning at around 8:30am EFCC brought the Katsina Ex-Governor, Ibrahim Shema to the Federal High Court in Katsina for the continuation of his their case over alleged money laundering of N5.7bn SURE-P Funds.
It could be recalled that the former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema was on Tuesday remanded in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC custody on the order of the presiding judge at the Federal High Court in Katsina, Justice Babagana Ashigar.
Ashigar said the former governor should be detained in the custody of the EFCC till 27th April, 2018 when it will hear the written application for his bail.
Shema had pleaded not guilty of the 26-count charges of the alleged money laundering leveled against him just as his lead counsel, Emmanuel Ukala SAN pleaded for his bail through a written application filed on the 18th April, 2018 and later oral application which the prosecution counsel, Sam Ologunorisa objected to the application.
The presiding judge, Ashigar however overruled the defendants oral application and fix 27th April, 2018 to hear the written application.
8:45am – EFCC operatives brought the accused, Katsina Ex-Governor Ibrahim Shema
8:55am – Everybody was seated, waiting for the arrival of the judge
9:00am – Shema’s lawyers led by J. B. Daudu (SAN) arrived
9:10am – Judge arrived and court proceedings began
9:20am – Shema’s lawyer filled an application for bail, he pleaded with the court to grant is client (Shema) bail citing reasons
9:30am – J. B. Daudu said since his client is already on two bail, this shouldn’t be different
10:00am – EFCC’s lawyers opposed the bail application, they asked the court not to grant their (Shema) prayer
10:15am – EFCC’s lawyers alleged that Shema had intention of running outside the country if granted bail
10:30am – Arguments are still on regarding the bail issue
11:10am – The court judge adjourned sitting till 2:00pm for his ruling on the bail application