EFCC Vs Shema: Justice Babagana Delivers Ruling Today

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By; SULAIMAN AHMD MISAU, Katsina

Justice Babagana Ashiga of the Federal High Court Katsina has fixed Tuesday April, 24, 2018 (today) for ruling whether the former Governor of Katsina State, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema will be docked or not.

After hot argument by both counsels of the dependant and prosecution, the court had earlier ruled that the Katsina State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Ahmed Al-marzuk was eligible to be part of the prosecution counsels.

Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) with other ten other lawyers represent Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) while Mr. Emmanuel Ukala (SAN) and ten other lawyers represented barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema as defendant counsels.

The defendant counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Ukala told the court that Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema should not be arraigned and put in dock as well as the court should not make any Judicial power except after the determination of the issues before the court.

Mr. Ukala submitted that before the resumed sitting of the court his Client Barrister Inrahim Shehu Shema was not served with motion of notice.

He cited a case of Shodende Vs Femidayo Adeguyi, all Nigerian law reports of 2016 and Baffarawa Vs the State 2014.

Responding the EFCC counsel Mr. Lateef told the court that the defendant has fully been served with motion on notice.

“If he was not served why is he here now”.  Mr. Lateef said and urged the court to disregard all the presentation made by the defendant counsel.

The EFCC lawyer further told the court that all the cases mentioned by the defendant counsel and presented before the court are outdated and without merits.

Mr. Lateef presented a copy of Administration of criminal Justice Acts (AJA) which he described as the position of the law as at today particularly on section 221 of the Acts of 2015.

“Based on section 269,396 sub-sections two of the Acts, the defendant should be arraigned”, citing the case of Dr. Dayo Olaguju Vs federal Republic of Nigeria.

The former Governor of Katsina State Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema was taken before the Federal High Court in Katsina by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 26 count charges.

Ibrahim Shehu Shema is appearing before the court for an alleged laundering of 5.7 billion naira meant for the subsidy re-investment and empowerment programme (SURE-P).

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