From FRED ITUA and James Ojo, Abuja
Immediate past governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim
Shema on Friday, voluntarily handed himself over
to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The former governor who was declared wanted by
the EFCC on Wednesday for alleged fraud, arrived
at the Idiagbon House in Wuse 2 at 9.30 am in
company with his former Chief of Staff, Salisu
Yusuf, friends and political associates.
Shema, who wore brown Babaringa entered the
EFCC building where he spent some hours before
he was transferred to EFCC office at No.10,
Niafounke Street, Wuse, Adetokunbo Ademola
Crescent, Abuja for further interrogation.
Speaking with journalists on the development, his
former chief of staff, who noted that his principal
took the step because, “he’s a law-abiding citizen
who has absolutely nothing to fear.”
According to him, the former governor was not
fighting the EFCC and government, but the
governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari is the one
fighting his predecessor.
Yusuf said: “The former governor of Katsina State,
Barrister Ibrahim Shema, went to submit himself to
the EFCC, even though the Agency has not been
fair to him in handling his case by declaring him
Recall that Shema was declared wanted by the
EFCC following allegations that he committed
offenses including, criminal conspiracy, inflation of
contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and
embezzlement running into billions of naira”.
According to the EFCC, the former governor, a
member of the opposition Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) was declared wanted after efforts to
get him to respond to the allegations through
invitations by the EFCC failed.
EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed that
the former governor reported himself to the
agency, but was not privy to his interrogation.