By Concise News Correspondents
Former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, does not believe the State High Court has the powers to try him on charges of corruption, as he has questioned its jurisdiction.
Shema was reported to have challenged the court’s jurisdiction through his lawyer, Joseph Dawodu, when he appeared before it to respond to charges of corruption filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
At the proceedings, Dawodu was said to have told the court on the need to initially hear the former governor’s application questioning the jurisdiction of the court before reading the charges filed by the commission.
Dawodu further urged the court to pave way for the former governor to continue to enjoy the administrative bail granted him by the EFCC since he has yet to be arraigned.
But the prosecution counsel, J.S Okutepa, filed a counter affidavit in response to the motion. He asked that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody until the next adjourned date.
Okutepa was said to have told the court that the first accused person violated the terms of the administrative bail granted him by the EFCC.
However, Daudu argued that since the court has yet to assume jurisdiction to hear the matter, such application should not have come up at this stage.
Justice Bako then refused the prosecution application for remand and adjourned the matter to February 7, 2017 for hearing of the motions on notice after which the issue of arraignment would be determined.
Shema’s alleged offence
Shema, three others are being charged for the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and conversion of public funds to the tune of over 11 billion Naira during his tenure as governor.
Those standing trial with the former governor are Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana; and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba.