Katsina, EFCC, Drag Shema To Court

Masari Vows To Clear Outstanding Gratuities For Retirees
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Katsina State government have dragged former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema, and three others before the state High Court, accusing him of embezzling N11b belonging to the 34 local councils in the state.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Abdu Labaran, said: “Joined in the 22-count charge suit are the erstwhile chairman of Kaita Local Council, and chairman of the state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Alhaji Ibrahim Dankaba, the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Hamisu Makana, and the permanent secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Lawal Safana.”

Meanwhile, in an effort to cushion the effect of hardship experienced by retirees in the state, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, has vowed to pay all outstanding gratuities to them before the end of the year.

Speaking in Daura recently, the governor promised that the payment, which would begin immediately, would end by December 31.

The governor disclosed that money for the exercise was a refund of illegal deductions made to the 36 states and FCT, by the Federal Government.

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THE GUARDIAN

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