A former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, raised an alarm over an alleged plot by Governor Aminu Masari to kill him yesterday. But Masari’s spokesman, Abdul Labarun, however, dismissed the allegation, warning that Masari should not be dragged into an issue that bordered on accountability and stewardship which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was prosecuting the former governor for.
The Head of Shema Media Team, Oluwabusola Olawale, in a statement, decried what he called ‘personal vendetta’ on Shema by the Masari regime.
The statement titled, ‘Attempt to abduct ex-governor Shema: His life is under threat,’ partly reads, “The failed attempt to abduct former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 on the premises of the 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 confirmed to us that there is a sinister move to probably harm former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema.
With this development, the life of former Governor Shema is in danger, and if anything happens to him, the people of Katsina State, well-meaning Nigerians and the international community should hold Governor Aminu Bello Masari responsible.”
Masari’s Special Assistant on Media, Abdul Labarun, however, debunked all the claims by Shema.
Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, he said, ”Why should Masari be dragged into this? We are talking about accountability and stewardship and the EFCC is the organ tackling Shema over the issue. Please leave Masari out of all these. Tell the Shema camp to own up to their responsibilities when in office.”
The EFCC had on Tuesday dragged former governor Shema before a Katsina High Court over an allegation of corruption while in office, the development that led to the current exchange of words by Shema and Masari’s camps.