The Katsina State Government has presented a memo before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of Inquiry alleging diversion of N8.6bn by the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, and other top officials.
Counsel for the commission, Mr. Hassan Liman (SAN), stated this on Monday during the sitting of the commission.
Liman said the amount was diverted from the accounts of the Ministry of Environment, departments of Community Development, Special Duties, Girl-Child Education and Almajiri Affairs.
He explained that available records showed that the funds were allegedly diverted by the former governor and other government officials. According to him, there was no evidence on how the funds were utilised during the period under review.
Liman, however, told the commission that the former governor had filed a case before the Court of Appeal, Kaduna, claiming an infringement of his fundamental human rights.
He asked the commission to adjourn the sitting pending the determination of the case.
In his ruling, the chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammad Surajo, adjourned the sitting indefinitely, saying that the commission would communicate a new date to all the parties involved.
The commission also adjourned the hearing of memo on the activities of the Katsina Road Maintenance Agency and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Department, pending the determination of the case before the Court of Appeal.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Governor Aminu Masari inaugurated the commission to investigate how some funds were mismanaged during Shema’s tenure and to advise the government accordingly.