Court hears Shema’s bail application today
The Federal High Court Katsina is expected to hear the application for bail by detained Former governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shehu Shema.
The Nation recalled that the embattled ex-governor had been remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on the order of Justice Babagana Ashigar of the federal high court, Katsina till Friday, 27th April, 2018, pending the application of his bail.
Shema who was earlier arraigned on Tuesday over N5.7 billion frauds and money laundry being leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), however, pleaded not guilty to the 26 count charges leveled against him.
Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, his lead Counsel, had told the court that Shema came to the court when he heard that the case would be heard and out of respect for the judiciary and pleaded that the court should adjourn the case, insisting that Shema was not served with a court summon hence he couldn’t take his pleas.
However, the prosecution Counsel, Ologun Orissa objected to the request from Schema’s counsel, and urged the court to proceed with the case.
He said, “The offense committed by Shema is entitled to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine. I am asking the court to remand the defender pending when proper application is made available to the court by the defender’s counsel”.
After listening to both parties, Justice Babagana Shigar, the chief judge had ruled that the defender (Shema) should be remanded in EFCC’s custody till 27th April, 2018 pending the application of his bail.