N5.77b SURE-P funds: Ex-gov Shema granted bail
A former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema was yesterday granted bail on self-recognition by a Federal High Court sitting in Katsina. He was dragged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a 26-count charge of alleged money laundering of about N5.77b of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). Shema had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court, led by Justice Babagana Ashgar had in its last sitting remanded Shema in EFCC facility.
At the resumed sitting yesterday, Shema’s counsel JB Daudu(SAN) while moving the bail application, said his client is a man who has great respect for the judiciary and will not jump bail noting that already he is on an administrative bail from the EFCC and another one at Katsina High Court.
EFCC counsel, Dr JO Olatoke (SAN) opposed the bail application on the ground that Shema had tried to secure his International Passport a move that shows his intent to jump bail.
The case was adjourned till June 13.
Akwa Ibom gov’t gives quit notice to Buhari’s campaign office
The Akwa Ibom State Government has ordered the Buhari’s campaign office to relocate from its present location, 23, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, citing the unsuitability of the location as reasons for the notice.
According to a release made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo by the Executive Chairman, Uyo Capital City Development Authority, Prince Enobong Uwah, it stated that the location of the campaign office was a breach of security.
The release noted that the building was converted to a campaign office in defiance of several notices issued for the formalization and revalidation of the building and posed a major security threat to the seat of government.
Accordingly, the notice ordered the removal of the campaign office and all the insignia posted on the premises within seven days.