N5.7bn SURE-P fund: Shema’s Trial at Katsina Federal High Court Suffers Setback
The trial of the former governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, today suffered a major setback as the Federal High Court said it has to comply with the ruling of the court of appeal judgement over whether it has jurisdiction over the matter or not.
When the counsel to EFCC, Dr. J. Olagoke called for the continuation of the matter the Defence team led by Mr. S. T. Hon (SAN) presented the ruling of the Court of Appeal in February that the High Court must first give it stance over the objections raised by the Defence.
Alhaji Shema had challenged the competence of the High Court on the matter since similar issues are subject of litigation before the Katsina State High Court & the Federal High Court, Abuja respectively.
Justice B. G Ashigar Giving ruling on the case before he was later transferred form the division, reserved ruling on the matter till the end of the whole trial, the decision that the Appeal Court later overturned.
Justice Hadiza Shagari ruled that it is a settled matter in law that subordinate court cannot sidestep the order of a superior court and therefore adjourned till May 28 to argue on the application on court’s jurisdiction.
Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had dragged the Katsina State former Governor and one Idi Kwado, who is now at large to court over alleged mismanagement of N5.7bn SURE-P.