- Former governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema says he was prepared to honour an invitation by the EFCC before he was declared wanted
- Describes the EFCC notice declaring him wanted as malicious and misleading
- Accuses the EFCC of deliberately embarking on false propaganda against him by positing that he ignored several invitations which it extended to him
The immediate past governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema, who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says he is not on the run from investigation.
Shema who was declared wanted on Wednesday, September 14, 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.
According to the Nation, the former governor said he was surprised that he was declared wanted by the anti-graft agency, describing the action as malicious and misleading.
He said: “Without any formal invitation to me, the EFCC purported, by a letter dated June 17, 2016, sent to a wrong address of Wole Olanipekun & Co. asking the law firm to make Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema available for an interview with the undersigned on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.The letter was signed by Hyecinth A. Edozie.
“Despite the incongruity in the way and manner the invitation was extended to me through a counsel – and also through a wrong address of the same counsel, and notwithstanding the fact that I was already billed to travel to Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj (Umrah) on the appointment day, I cancelled all the engagements to honour the invitation with my counsel on the said June 28, 2016, only to be informed, around 10am on that day that the interview would no longer hold, as Mr. Hyecinth A. Edozie was out of Abuja, and that a new date, after Sallah, would be communicated.”
Shema said his legal representative had written a letter to the EFCC on June 28, 2016 addressed to Edozie 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 June 28, 2016.
The former governor said the EFCC has not responded to the said letter, suggesting any date.
Shema said he was seriously embarrassed, disturbed and surprised by the EFCC notice that declared him wanted.
He said: “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.”
Meanwhile, the legal representatives of Ibrahim Shema are negotiating with EFCC officials to cool everything down and allow him come on a new date
Shema’s spokesman, Oluwabusola Olawale, told premium times that they were hoped that there will be a breakthrough in the negotiations soon.