N76b Fraud: Ex-Gov Shema Turns Self In
By Dipo Olowookere
Former Governor of Katsina State, Mr Ibrahim Shehu Shema, has turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he was declared wanted by the agency two days ago, reports say.
According to his spokesman, Mr Oluwabusola Olawale, the immediate past Governor of the state presented himself to the EFCC about an hour ago.
He was wanted by the agency over allegation against him that he embezzled some money running into billions of Naira during his tenure.
But Mr Shema slammed the EFCC for declaring him wanted. He also accused his successor of witch-hunting him.
“The public is hereby notified that Ibrahim Shema, a former Governor of Kastina State, is wanted by the EFCC in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, running into billions of naira.
“The former governor ignored several invitations by the commission since December 1, 2015, when he was first summoned by the agency. All efforts to locate him at his known addresses in Katsina and Abuja were futile.
“The 59-year-old ex-governor hails from the Dutsena-ma Local Government Area of Katsina State. He is tall, light in complexion and speaks Hausa and English fluently. Anybody, having useful information as to his whereabouts, should contact the commission,” the EFCC had said in a statement two days ago.
According to the latest report, Mr Shema has visited office of the EFCC to turn himself in to the agency.
His spokesman had disclosed on Thursday that lawyers of the former Governor were negotiating with EFCC officials to allow him come on a new date.