Former Governor from Buhari’s State weeps in public

The former governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema broke down in tears when EFCC operatives rearrested him today.

Shema had initially resisted the attempt to arrest him at a Katsina high court where he was arraigned.

He is standing a 22-count charge bordering on alleged criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds.

There was a mild drama when he protested being humiliated publicly.

The former governor had no choice than to surrender to the security agency after one hour.

Recall that last year, September to be precise, EFCC declared him wanted for allegedly refusing to honor their invitation.

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Shema has denied the allegations of corruption leveled against him, accusing Bello Masari, his successor, of witch-hunting him.

He had been declared wanted over an alleged N76bn fraud by the anti-graft agency in 2015.

That same year, the EFCC released a gazette, through their spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwajuren.

It read: “The public is hereby notified that Ibrahim Shema, a former Governor of Kastina State, is wanted by the EFCC.

“This is in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, running into billions of naira.”

EFCC also stated that the former governor had been ignoring their invitations since December 2015.

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In December 2015, Shema was initially invited by the EFCC, but he told them that he was not in the country.

Since December, he has been evading their other invitations.

The current Governor, Aminu Masari, had raised the allegations against his predecessor which made the EFCC probe Shema.

Governor Aminu Masari had stated his disappointment with his predecessor’s handover note.

This led him to create a panel to probe Shema in the state.

Masari said, “There are some mistakes that can be forgiven.

“But N70 billion is a huge amount of money that we cannot overlook.”