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N5.7bn SURE-P: Shema’s trusted aide, Nasir Ingawa testified against him in court

N5.7bn SURE-P: Shema’s trusted aide, Nasir Ingawa testified against him in court

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N5.7bn SURE-P: Shema’s trusted aide, Nasir Ingawa testified against him in court

Nasiru Ingawa, the former Special Adviser to the ex-governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State on SURE-P and a trusted aide, had on Tuesday told a Federal High Court, Katsina, how Shema allegedly directed him to divert billions of Naira of the state’s SURE-P funds for political activities during his tenure.

Katsina Post reports that Shema is standing trial before the court on 26 count charge bordering embezzlement of SURE-P money to the tune of about N5.7 billion.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the state government filed the case before the court.

During the proceedings on Tuesday, the prosecution presented the former Special Adviser to Shema on SURE-P, Nasiru Ingawa, as a witness.

Ingawa told the court that he was appointed Special Adviser to the governor on SURE-P between June, 2014 and May, 2015.

‘’I remembered him (Shema) telling me that, Nasiru, we are going to use the funds for politics.

‘’And this is where we are going to extract our savings,’’ he said.

He further said that they write memos for certain programmes, use half of the money, while the remaining half would go to the savings.

Ingawa also said that the department makes direct purchase, in which, certain percentage would go to savings and sometimes they write memos for programmes that were not implemented at all.

‘’The tradition is that, I have to sit down and discuss with him on any programme, and if he agrees, he will instruct me on exactly how much the savings should be on that programme,’’ he said.

The witness revealed that sometimes he gave the funds to Shema directly, while sometimes he instruct him who to give.

‘’All money from SURE-P account were withdrawn in cash, with the exception of few programmes which the withdrawal was done with cheque,’’ he said.

After the testimony, the prosecution counsel, Mr O I Uket, applied for adjournment, which the defense counsel did not object.

The judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari, adjourned the case to Jan.,14, 2019, for continuation.

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