N18bn fraud: EFCC declares ex-Gov Shema wanted

N18bn fraud: EFCC declares ex-Gov Shema wanted
September 15 01:18 2016

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted, the immediate past Governor of  Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, over alleged diversion of N18 billion from the local government areas joint account.

Shema was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2015 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.

According to the EFCC’s media department, the commission had to resort to declaring him wanted after failing to locate him in his known Abuja and Katsina homes.

Thinkers learnt that before declaring him wanted on Wednesday night, the commission’s operatives also made an attempt to apprehend Shema at his home in Asokoro, Abuja but narrowly missed him.

According to the commission, Shema had been invited since December last year to explain allegations of criminal conspiracy, inflation of contract, abuse of office and misappropriation of finds running into 18 billion naira against him.

The former governor had however allegedly made it a habit to give one excuse or the other for not appearing before the commission’s investigators.

The EFCC urged members of the public with useful information about the whereabout of Shema to contact any of the commission’s offices across the country.