N11bn fraud: Ex-Katsina Governor Shema runs to Supreme Court after losing appeal

After loosing at the Appeal Court, the embattled former governor of Katsina State Ibrahim Shehu Shema has again approached the Supreme Court in his bid to quash the charge preferred against him and three others before the Katsina State High Court.

Shema is being charged alongside three others, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba for allegedly diverting public funds to the tune of over Eleven Billion Naira to their personal use during his tenure as Governor of Katsina State. 

On the 28th day of March, 2017 when the matter came up for hearing, the court was informed by the counsel representing the accused persons that his clients have challenged the ruling delivered by the trial court in respect of the motion to quash the charge at the Court of Appeal 
In the judgment delivered on September 13th 2017, the Court of Appeal dismissed the application of the former governor and upheld the ruling of the lower court, thereby compelling the lower court to fix October 24th, 2017 for hearing. 

When the case was called today, counsel representing the accused persons, A..T Kehinde SAN informed the court that his clients, in the exercise of their constitutional rights, have approached the Supreme Court seeking to set aside the ruling of the lower court in respect of the motion to quash the charge against them. 

He told the court that on the last adjourned date, the court adjourned the matter for report of the decision of the court of appeal, however the defence counsel expressed his surprise for receiving a hearing notice slated to today for hearing. 

“In the circumstance, I will humbly apply that the matter be adjourned sine-die so that all pending applications before the Supreme Court can be taken,” he said. 

Prosecution counsel, Obunadike opposed the application for adjournment sine-die since is capable of delaying trial. He said it will be in the interest of justice that matter be adjourned to a specific date. 

Justice Bako agreed with the prosecution and adjourned the matter to February 13th, 2018 for report on the Supreme Court decision.

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