N11bn fraud: Absence of judge stall Case between Shema, 3 others and EFCC
Absence of the judge presiding over the court case between Katsina ex-governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema, three others and the Economic Financial and Crimesmmission (EFCC) forces the court to adjourned till 15th of July, 2019.
Recall that Katsina Post earlier reported to you that the case is coming up for continuation today at the Katsina State High Court.
Recall also that at the last sitting of the court last April, a witness, Sani Hamisu Makana in the trial within trial told Justice Maikaita Bako of the State High Court that at a meeting held at EFCC office on the November 16th, 2016, the EFCC counsel, Mr. O. I. Uket told them that he “has gone through the case files and all the statements and he has not seen anything tangible that they can go to court with and that is why they invited us if any of us can add to our statement”.
Sani Hamisu Makana told the court that apart from the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Uket, also at the meeting were, three EFCC operatives, Mr. Edward, Abu Fari and Abubakar Buba, including Katsina State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ahmed El Marzuk, Special Assistant to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Rabe Nasir, former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lawal Rufai, former state chairman ALGON, Ibrahim Dankaba and two other state ALGON officials, Nasir Yat Allah and Hussain Dambo.
Another defense witness, Lawal Rufai during the trial within trial testified that he was at the meeting and that it was true that EFCC lawyer Mr. Uket told them that nothing tangible found from the Commission investigation, the position he maintained during the cross-examination by EFCC counsel, Mr. Uket himself.
Another issue that took the attention of many observers and pundits within and outside the state is the fact that in defiance to the normal culture, no government representative attended the court sitting today.