Former governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema, has described the notice by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, declaring him wanted as malicious and misleading.
Shema, accuseed the EFCC of deliberately embarking on false propaganda against him by positing that he ignored several invitations which it extended to him, adding that he was prepared to honour an invitation by the commission before he was declared wanted.
The former governor was on Wednesday declared wanted by the EFCC, for inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement running into billions of naira.
Ibrahim Shema, said he was prepared to honour the invitation of the EFCC on June 28 but the anti-graft agency cancelled the interview at the last minute.
And that his legal representative had written a letter to the EFCC on June 28, 2016 for a new date for interrogation. He said the letter was delivered, received, stamped and duly acknowledged at the EFCC office on the same day but that the EFCC has not responded to the said letter, suggesting any date.
He said he was embarrassed and surprised by the EFCC notice that declared him wanted, adding the anti-graft commission deliberately embarked on false propaganda against him.
“I feel sorry for the pitiable situation we have found ourselves as Nigerians where and when a sacred institution like the EFCC is pressurized and used to sponsor fake, false, malicious, misleading and unfounded allegations against someone like me, who the EFCC has not at any time accused of fraud, embezzlement, inflation of contract, or any misdemeanour at all.
The EFCC deliberately embarked on false propaganda against me and my person by positing that I have ignored several invitations which it extended to me.”
In the gazette circulated on Wednesday, the EFCC, claimed that the former governor has ignored several invitations by the commission since December 1, 2015, when he was first summoned by the agency and that all efforts to locate him at his known addresses in Katsina and Abuja were futile.