Ex-governor’s trial: Appeal Court removes panel chairman

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Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, former governor of Katsina State

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna on Friday has removed the chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Katsina State Government to investigate the alleged loss of government funds and properties.

Justice Muhammad Suraj from Plateau State was appointed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari to head the 11-man Panel to investigate former Governor Ibrahim Shema for alleged financial irregularities.

The court said that the circumstance of his appointment to head the panel would not give an average person the satisfaction that he would be fair to Shema over the alleged mismanagement of N70 billion government funds.

In a lead judgment read by Justice Adefope Okojie, the appellate court held that given that Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state had specifically requested for Justice Muhammad Suraj to chair the panel…

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