Court seizes ex-gov Shema’s 13 properties

Ibrahim Shema

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered an interim forfeiture of 13 properties belonging to a former governor of Katsina State, Dr. Ibrahim Shema, who is already being prosecuted on 22 counts of corruption and financial crimes.

But Shema, through his lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), on Monday filed a motion before the court seeking an order setting aside the interim forfeiture order made on November 1.

Daudu contended in the motion that the properties were legitimately acquired by his client, adding that the ex parte application through which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission obtained the interim forfeiture order was a “brazen attempt” to acquire the ex-governor’s properties “in the absence of a conviction.”

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Shema is being prosecuted by the EFCC before the Katsina State High Court in Katsina.

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