N5.7bn fraud: SURE-P self accounting department not Shema – EFCC star witness
At the resumed trail of former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema on alleged misappropriation of N5.7bn Sure P fund at the Federal High Court Katsina on Tuesday, the EFCC witness who is also the EFCC/IPO on the matter, told the court that the Sure-P department is a self accounting department solely ran by the Special Adviser and Director Admin and Finance of the department and not former Governor Shema.
Under cross examination, the EFCC witness, Mr. Abubakar Buba informed the court that no where in his counter affidavit on oath did he mention Ibrahim Shehu Shema or even referred to him as the former Governor in relation to the alleged offence.
When further asked by Shema’ s lawyer, S. T. Hon (SAN) “are you aware that the Attorney General of Katsina State is working in collaboration with the EFCC in investigating and prosecution of this case “? EFCC witness/ IPO responded – ” Attorney General of Katsina State comes to EFCC office from time to time on this case”.
Also in his evidence, the EFCC witness/ IPO told the court that the acknowledgement notes for receipt of money by one Naeem Lawal from Director of admin and finance of Sure P, Abdulaziz Shinkafi were recovered from the said Shinkafi, but however Shinkafi in his statement attached to the proof of evidence to the court said he handed over all the acknowledgement notes of receipt to the State Attorney General not EFCC, this is also with clear contradiction in figures of amount of money stated by Shinkafi purportedly given to the said Naeem as against the amount stated by the EFCC witness.
Also the EFCC witness who had earlier stated in his evidence that the EFCC at no time arrested or detained one Naeem Lawal later admitted that EFCC arrested and detained him when confronted with counter affidavit he swore on oath to establish the fact that proved his earlier statement was false.
When asked by S. T Hon on the issue of contract inflation, the EFCC witness said “i didn’t mention that contract was inflated in any of my statements”.
The case was however adjourned till February 23rd and 24th, 2021 by Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari following the application of the prosecution counsel, U. I Uket to the court for adjournment to enable him produce some of the defendant statements which he said he forgot to bring to the court.