The immediate past Governor of Katsina State, Barr. Ibrahim Shema, has denied claims by the Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government that he evaded summons to appear before it.
The Gov. Aminu Masari administration in Katsina set up the panel to probe the tenure of Mr. Shema. There were reports that the former governor and his former Commissioner of Finance, Lawal Jari, were evading summons, prompting the commission to resort to substituted summons by pasting it on their residences and in newspapers.
It was learnt at the resumption of the committee’s sitting on Tuesday that on the eve of the expiration of the notice, Shema’s summons was delivered through a lawyer, Barrister Uyi Ogunma.
In his reaction, the former governor, who spoke through his media aide, Oluwabusola Olawale, said it was mockery of the truth for the commission to say that he was evading summons as no attempt was made to serve him at the time he was being accused of evading service.
“It was part of the campaign of calumny. Shema is not afraid of any probe, having served Katsina State creditably well for eight years with outstanding record of performance for anybody to verify”, he said.