N5.77b SURE-P funds: Ex-gov Shema granted bail

Weekly Trust - - News - Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina Ini­abasi Umo, Uyo

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.

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