Reacting to the judgment, the former governor said he was not afraid of fair trial. Shema, in a statement from his Head of Media, Olawale Oluwabusola, said he had never been opposed to fair trial. “His grouse has been against what was playing out in the allegations and trial by ambush”, the statement said. He further said the former governor was always ready to defend himself and prove his innocence on the universal principles of the rule of law and fair hearing against the politically motivated smear campaign of calumny being orchestrated by the Katsina State government using agencies of state and federal government as tools to cow opposition.
The apex court dismissed as lacking in merit, the appeal filed by the former governor to challenge the 22-count charge preferred against him by the EFCC preferred. He was thereafter directed to return to the Katsina State High Court and answer to charges pending against him. The apex court upheld an earlier verdict of the Court of Appeal that refused to quash charges against the defendants.