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EFCC drags Ex-governor of Katsina and Other to Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed a case against ex-governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema and three others on alleged financial impropriety at Katsina State High Court.

The hearings had been fixed to April 10, 11 and 12, 2018. Other defendants in the case are former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Lawal Rufai and ex-ALGON Chairman, Lawal Dankaba including the former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Sani Makanal.

The case before the court accuses Shema and the three others of misappropriating N11 billion state funds. The ex-governor who was not satisfied went on to the Supreme Court challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try him but the Supreme  court directed that he should return to the court and respond to charges against him.

During proceedings, the prosecution counsel, Sam Ologunorisa (SAN), recalls motion dated March 24, 2017, seeking certain reliefs from the High Court. He entreat the court to grant the reliefs, explaining that all parties have been served with the motion.

Ologunorisa told the court that it had fixed today for the parties to report back on the judgment of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile , Joseph Daudu (SAN), the defence counsel called the attention of the court to what he pointed as an error in the said motion he said the seal on the motion does not belong to the person who signed it, saying it is improper for the motion to be served in that manner.

Ologunorisa in response emphasized that the Supreme Court had resolved issue of seal and signature on a motion, Daudu argued that the apex court’s decision was on “where there is no seal at all on a motion’’. He also pointed to the court that the Supreme Court gave a directive that document pertaining the hearing of the case be made available to the defendants.

Finally, the case was  adjourned to April 10, 11 and 12 The Justice Ibrahim Maikaita Bako stood down the court for 10 minutes so that they could make effective corrections to the said motion.

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