Shema, 3 others Vs EFCC: Trial within trial on N11bn alleged fraud postponed (New date)
The trial-within-trial involved in the trial of a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema alongside three others over alleged fraud of N11bn local gov’ts fund scheduled to continue today being February 18, 2019, has been postponed to the 14th of March.
Recall that the presiding judge of the matter, Justice Mai Kaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court has in the last sitting of the court, adjourned the trial to today.
The adjournment was according to a counsel for the defendant, Elisha Kurah (SAN) to enable the defense counsel to bring more witnesses to join the case.
Mr. Kurah said the counsel has so far opened its defense with two witnesses, intending to invite more.
Earlier, a witness on Thursday 24th January, 2019 told a High Court sitting in Katsina that the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told him that they received “order from above” on the matter of N11bn fraud in which the former Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Shehu Shema and three others are standing trial.
Recall also that on the 28th of November, one of the defendants in the trial – former ALGON chairman- Hon. Lawal Dankaba has said that he was threatened, intimidated and harassed by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the process of obtaining his statement to implicate the former governor.
Also, while cross-examining the EFCC witness, Abubakar Buba, Counsel to Ibrahim, Mr. Napoleon Idenala, told the witness that his client was threatened, intimidated by Buba and his senior colleague, one Abu Fari Mohammed.
But Buba denied the allegation, saying he was not aware of such development.