hree houses belonging to the immediate past governor of Katsina State, Shehu Shema, were on Monday sealed off by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The three houses are located at Makera Estate, along Daura Road, Barhim Estate and the Government Reserved Area, all in Katsina.
When our correspondent visited the houses on Monday night, the anti-graft agency pasted an inscription that read, “EFCC. Under Investigation” on the walls of the three palatial buildings.Details surrounding the seal off were still scanty as of press time.
When contacted, the former governor’s spokesman, Mr. Oluwabusola Olawale, called on the EFCC to be fair in its investigation, maintaining that the former governor acquired his property legitimately.
The EFCC had declared Shema wanted over an alleged N76bn fraud.
It was learnt that the EFCC declared him wanted sequel to allegations levelled against him by his successor, Governor Aminu Masari.
In a gazette signed by the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency said Shema had ignored all invitations by the EFCC.
The gazette read in part, “The public is hereby notified that Ibrahim Shema, a former Governor of Kastina State, is wanted by the EFCC in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, running into billions of naira.
“The former governor ignored several invitations by the commission since December 1, 2015, when he was first summoned by the agency. All efforts to locate him at his known address in Katsina and Abuja were futile.
“The 59-year-old ex-governor hails from the Dutsena-ma Local Government Area of Katsina State. He is tall, light in complexion and speaks Hausa and English fluently. Anybody, having useful information as to his whereabouts, should contact the commission.”
Masari had expressed dissatisfaction with the handover note presented to him by his predecessor, prompting him to set up a probe panel into the administration of Shema.
Masari had said he had “concrete evidence” to drag his predecessor before the anti-graft agency to recover all stolen funds.