Fraud: Ex-Gov. Shema Tells EFCC To “Cool Down”

Ibrahim Shema, a former Katsina governor sought for diverting and mismanaging N68 billion public fund, wants the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, relax its tough stance against him.

The anti-graft agency declared Shema wanted after spurning invitation for questioning.

Shema’s spokesman, Oluwabusola Olawale, said talks between the former governor and the EFCC were ongoing to “cool everything down”.

“His lawyers are negotiating with EFCC officials to cool everything down and allow him come on a new date,” Olawale told PREMIUM TIMES.

“We’re hoping there’ll be a breakthrough between today and tomorrow.”

The EFCC alleges that Shema committed the act between 2007 and 2015.

The EFCC said Shema, in 2012 alone, allegedly diverted about N18 billion from government coffers into his private accounts for undisclosed reasons.

It added that Shema also dipped his hands into local governments monthly allocation accounts and left little for developmental projects and clearance of local government employees’ wages and salaries.

A sum of N50 billion is believed to have been mismanaged this way.

Shema has denied the allegations, accusing incumbent Governor Bello Masari of hounding him with the EFCC.

By Ola Adeola

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