A former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, on Wednesday said he is ready for trial on the alleged N11 billion fraud case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He said he would be prepared to defend himself in an atmosphere of fair hearing, justice and rule of law.
He however described as unfortunate what he called the secret plot by the current governor of the state, Bello Masari to use both the state and Federal Government apparati to harass and humiliate him.
He cited botched attempt to abduct him on the premises of the court by some agents of the Katsina State Government as an instance of his allegation.
Shema, who made his position known in a statement issued by his Head of Media Team, Mr. Oluwabusola Olawale, said the failed abduction showed that his life is in danger.
The statement said: “We are saying it for the umpteenth time that Shema is not afraid of court trial. He has submitted himself to the court and he is ready to defend himself in an atmosphere of fair hearing, justice and rule of law.
“We are calling on the international community and well-meaning Nigerians to call Governor Aminu Bello Masari to order on his use of state and federal institutions for political intimidation and harassment, before Masari and his aides, through desperation, truncate democratic institutions in Nigeria.
“It is also necessary to remind Governor Masari that he has a tenure opportunity which he must not squander on witch-hunting his predecessor because what goes around comes around.”
The ex-governor condemned failed attempt to abduct him at the premises of Katsina High Court by some agents of the state government.
He accused Governor Masari of allegedly persecuting him.
The statement added: “The failed attempt to abduct former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the premises of Katsina State High Court by security agents who were being used by Governor Aminu Bello Masari and his aides, despite the ruling of the court to maintain status quo on the bail granted Shema pending the determination of the matter before the court, has confirmed that the ongoing corruption case against Shema and his former aides is not about court trial and rule of law, but sheer personal vendetta and a wicked attempt to humiliate, and harass the immediate past governor.
“It was on record that few days before the sitting of the court, it was reported in the media that there was a plot by Governor Aminu Bello Masari and his aides to humiliate, denigrate and condemn Ibrahim Shehu Shema, which we took for granted because we never thought they could stoop so low.
“But the failed abduction and desperation of Governor Masari and his aides have been confirmed to us that there is a sinister move to probably harm former Governor Shema.”