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N11bn fraud: Supreme Court orders Shema’s trial, three others

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna, which had earlier ordered the trial of a former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, over allegations of N11bn fraud.

Shema, who was governor of the state between 2007 and 2011, is standing trial alongside Sani Makana, Lawal Safana and Ibrahim Dankaba.

Delivering ruling on the matter, a panel of the court led by Justice Sidi Bage held that the constitution empowered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to prosecute suspects of graft allegations at federal and state levels.

Bage also held that evidence placed before the apex court had shown that the respondent “front-loaded” necessary documents along with the charge sheet to the applicants to prepare their defence.

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