Former Governor of Katsina State, Mr. Ibrahim Shema, who was declared wanted on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N76bn fraud, has submitted himself to the anti-graft agency.
Mr. Shema stormed the headquarters of the EFCC around 9:30 a.m. Friday, his Spokesperson, Oluwabusola Olawale said.
Recall the anti-graft agency declared Mr. Shema wanted sequel to allegations leveled against him by his successor, Governor Aminu Masari.
It would be recalled that Masari, the governor of Katsina, decided to set up a probe panel into the administration of Shema after he had expressed dissatisfaction with the handover note presented to him by his predecessor.
Masari was quoted to have said that he had “concrete evidence” to drag Shema before the anti-graft agency to recover all stolen funds, as he added that there are some mistakes that can be forgiven, “but N70bn is a huge amount of money that we cannot overlook.”
The Katsina governor also alleged that Shema and other top government officials of the Ministry of Local Government Affairs diverted over N750m earmarked for the purchase of drugs for their state’s local governments.
Speaking further, Masari alleged that the former governor misappropriated over N76bn collected as excess crude oil allocation and diverted over N7.5bn into his private pocket, as he promised that all stolen public money would be retrieved to correct past mistakes and bring sanity into the public service.
On why Shema was declared wanted, the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, stressed that Shema had ignored all invitations by the EFCC.
However, the ex- Katsina governor turned himself to the anti-graft agency today, Friday, September 16, 2016.
Confirming the development, his Spokesperson, Olawale said the ex-governor turned himself in because “he is a law abiding citizen who has absolutely nothing to fear.” He added that Shema “went to submit himself to the EFCC even though the agency has not been fair to him in handling his case.