Appeal Court dismisses ex-governor Shema’s application to stop trial

An Appeal Court in Kaduna has dismissed an application filed by the former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, asking the court to stop his ongoing trial by the Katsina State Government.

Shema had claimed that he was not availed documents pertaining to the petition against him.

The court said Shema’s application could not stand as it was filed prematurely and before a plea was taken.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Shema and three others before Justice Maikaita Bako of the state High Court for allegedly defrauding the state of N11 billion during his eight years as governor of the state.

Shema had approached the court asking it to stop his trial at the Katsina High court an grounds that he was not given a fair hearing.

He told the court that the trial in the lower court was vindictive and oppressive and capable of trampling on his fundamental human rights.

In a unanimous judgment read by Justice H.A Abiru, the court upheld the judgment of the Kastina High court on the right of the Attorney General of Katsina State to direct the EFCC to prosecute the former governor.

Shema had approached the Appeal Court on May 25, 2017, with interlocutory application challenging his alleged corruption trial by a Katsina State High Court.

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