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N55bn probe: Ex-gov Shema faults Katsina panel

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A former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, on Saturday, rejected the recommendation of the commission of inquiry set up by the state government to probe his administration.

The commission had indicted Shema’s administration over N55bn, which was said to be either missing or unaccounted for by the ex-governor and some other officers that served in his government.

But Shema insisted that the commission did not give him a fair hearing.

The Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry, Ado Maaji, had on Friday night presented the commission’s interim report to Governor Aminu Masari, indicting Shema and some officers during his tenure for the missing money and recommending their prosecution to recover the funds.

The former governor, speaking through one of his lawyers, Uyi Igunma, in a letter to the commission dated May 31, copies of which were made available to journalists on Saturday, insisted that Shema was not given a fair hearing by the commission.

Shema’s spokesperson, Oluwabusola Olawale, also added, “Any right-thinking person will know that there is a predetermined agenda by Governor Masari and his commission to persecute, malign, denigrate and tarnish the image of former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema. The sitting and the report are charade. We totally reject the outcome, and we urge all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard these antics.”

Masari had, however, while receiving the report of the commission on Friday, vowed that his regime would adopt all legal means to recover the allegedly missing money.

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