The Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna has trashed the application filed by former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema to stop his ongoing trial by the Katsina State Government on grounds that he was not availed documents pertaining to the petition against him.
The court, however, admitted the right of an accused to be availed documents pertaining to charges against them but said Shema’s application could not stand as it was filed prematurely and before a plea was taken.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Shema and three others before Justice Maikaita Bako of the state High Court for allegedly defrauding the state of N11 billion during his eight years as governor of the state.
Shema had approached the court asking it to stop his trial at the Katsina High court an grounds that he was not given a fair hearing.
He told the court that the trial in the lower court was vindictive and oppressive and capable of trampling on his fundamental human right and requested the Appeal Court to dismiss the case at the Katsina High Court.
In a unanimous judgment read by Justice H.A Abiru, the court upheld the judgment of the Katsina High court on the right of the Attorney General of Katsina State to direct the EFCC to prosecute the former governor.