EFCC Seizes Ibrahim Shema’s Mansions


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has on Monday sealed off three houses belonging to the former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema.

Shema is currently being investigated for his alleged involvement in a N74.6 billion fraud.

Also See: EFCC Declares Former Katsina Governor Wanted

The anti-graft agency pasted an inscription “EFCC. Under Investigation” on the walls of the three mansions which are located at Makera Estate, along Daura Road, Barhim Estate and the Government Reserved Area, all in Katsina.

The spokesman of the former governor, Oluwabusola Olawale, has however stated that the houses were acquired legitimately, asking the EFCC to be fair in its investigations

The EFCC, had last week decleared the former Katsina state governor, Ibrahim Shema, wanted for inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement running into billions of naira.

According to the anti-graft agency, Shema was first invited in December 2015 for questioning without success, and had  since ignored all invitations extended to him.

A day after he was declared wanted by the EFCC, Ibrahim Shema,came out to say he was not on the run, describing  the notice by the Commission as malicious and misleading.

Shema, accused 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.

“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.”

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Shema, was governor of Katsina State from May 2007 to May 2015.