N68bn scam: I am not running from EFCC – Shema

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It was gathered that the ex-governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema, has responded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC’s move to declare him wanted.


Recall that the EFCC had declared the ex-governor wanted over alleged diversion of funds running into N68 billion.

Mr. Shema in response to the latest development has denied the allegations levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.

Speaking to an online medium, Shema denied acknowledging the agency’s letters through his lawyers.

Shema who spoke through his spokesperson, Oluwabusola Olawale, said: “The EFCC sent another invitation and Mr. Shema agreed to honour the invitation with his lawyer, Wole Olanipekun.

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“But the meeting with the EFCC could not hold because the officials were engaged elsewhere.

“Subsequently, Mr. Olanipekun wrote EFCC in July this year requesting for a date to be given and up till date, no date has been fixed by EFCC for the meeting.”

Shema’s spokesman further alleged that his boss was being victimized by the incumbent state governor, Aminu Masari.

“From all indications, it appears like the same issue which Governor Bello Masari had petitioned EFCC about.

“He has equally set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate which is underway in Katsina and there’s also a pending court case on the matter.

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“The allegations made by Mr. Masari are false, malicious and targeted to tarnish the image of Mr. Shema who served creditably well under the platform of PDP.”

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