N11bn: Supreme Court orders Shema, others to face trial

N11bn: Supreme Court orders Shema, others to face trial

N11bn: Supreme Court orders Shema, others to face trial

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the 22-count corruption charges on alleged complicity in the illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N11billion against a former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema.

In a unanimous judgment, Justice Sidi Bage held that the charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were competent, adding that the anti-graft agency was empowered by its Establishment Act to investigate and prosecute any person accused of corruption.

The defendants, Shehu Shema, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba had challenged the decision of the Katsina State High Court and the Court of Appeal in Kaduna which in 2017 upheld the competency of the charges.

They are being accused of diverting local government allocations for their personal benefit.

Shema had contended through his lawyer, A.T Kehinde (SAN), that he was not given a fair hearing in the petition by the Katsina State government, maintaining that the trial would impede his fundamental human rights.

Shema and the other defendants had also challenged their arraignments before Justice Maikata Bako of the Katsina State High Court on the ground that the EFCC has no power to try them under a law enacted by the state government.

Source: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/n11bn-supreme-court-orders-shema-others-to-face-trial.html

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