EFCC Re-Arraigns Ex-Gov Ibrahim Shehu Shema Over N11 Billion #Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC, today April 10, 2018 re-arraigned former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema alongside three others, before Justice Maikaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court on a 24 count amended charge.
Others charged alongside Shema, are Sani Hamisu Makana, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Lawal Ahmad Rufai, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Local Government Affairs and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba, Chairman Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON) Katsina Branch.
The accused persons were first arraigned before the same court on February 21, 2017, for allegedly conniving to divert over Eleven Billion Naira from the coffers of Katsina State, while Shema was governor.
On the last adjourned date, the prosecution, who informed the court of its victory at the Supreme Court which dismissed the application of Shema and his co-accused to stop his trial, told the court of its decision to amend the charge.
At the resumed hearing today, the 24 count charge was read to the accused persons and they all entered a plea of not guilty.
In view of their plea, the Prosecution Counsel, Sam Ologunorisa, SAN, informed the court of his readiness to proceed to trial. Following no-objection from the counsels representing the accused persons, PW1 Ibrahim Dabo Bujawa entered the witness box.
Bujawa, a former Auditor General,  Kano State who retired in 2004, told the court that he chaired the Committee of Investigation of State and Local Government Finances set up by the current governor of the state, Aminu Bello Masari.
The witness explained how monies belonging to the Local Governments should legally be distributed.

His words: “the local governments normally access their money from the federation account through State Local Government Joint Account. When money comes from the federation account, it goes to the State Joint Local and subsequently be distributed to local governments by the Joint Account Committee popularly known as JAAC COMMITTEE”. He said.

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