By Nasiru Yusuf
The Federal High Court sitting in Katsina on Monday rejected 8 vouchers attached to unsigned documents tendered by Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) as exhibits in a trial of former governor of Katsina state Ibrahim Shema.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Ibrahim Shema, before the Federal High Court, Katsina on a 26-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N5, 776,552,396.
One of the charges against the former governor reads: “That you Ibrahim Shehu Shema whilst being the Executive Governor of Katsina State on or about the 17th February, 2014 at Katsina, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did indirectly control the sum of N502,216,400 withdrawn from Katsina State SURE-P bank account meant for peace education, advocacy and mediation programme which money you ought to
When the matter was called on Monday counsel to EFCC Barr. Sam Ologunorisa presented a former special adviser on SURE-P department to former governor Ibrahim Shema, Nasiru Ingawa as
“The letter written by the witness on voucher number 0751 dated December 15th, 2014 was unsigned. On voucher number 0887 dated December
He subsequently pleaded to the court to reject the document, saying that it is the principle of law that a document unsigned does not have any probative value, adding that”since the narrative of the voucher is defended on the unsigned document attached to it.”
In his response, counsel to EFCC said the position of law is “relevancy is the basis of admissibility. Where the concern is certified
After a long heated
The judge ruled that “the document is not capable of activation within the jurisdiction of the court, hereby not admitted as evidence in this
The case has been adjourned to February 25th,2019 for