The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has obtained a court order to detain Shehu Sani, former Kaduna Central Senator for 14 days to allow
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has obtained a court order to detain Shehu Sani, former Kaduna Central Senator for 14 days to allow thorough investigation of his alleged involvement in name dropping and extortion. The development followed fresh allegations levelled against the ex-lawmaker by the complainant, Alhaji Sani Dauda that he demanded and collected the sum of $30,000 bribe from the Chairman of ASD Motors under the guise of paying same to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, in order to free him and his firm from any probe by the agency.
The cash has been retrieved and deposited in EFCC custody and to be used as exhibit against the embattled former vocal politician, who was taken into custody on New Year’s eve by the EFCC operatives in Abuja. The development came, as both Senator Sani and his accuser, and chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda, met face to face in EFCC headquarters on Thursday to confront each other on the offer and receipt of the said bribe. Both men were grilled for hours on Thursday by EFCC interrogators in a bid to establish the veracity of the claims of the complainant and the accused and to prepare the grounds for the prosecution of the accused as well as to pave the way for unfettered questioning of the accused.
A top source in EFCC said that when the complainant appeared before interrogators on Thursday, he also accused Senator Sanio of dropping the name of the Chief Justice of Nigeria in order to extort an additional N4 million from him over a case he has in court. Alhaji Sani said Shehu demanded the money as cash to be given out as bribe to four judges who would hear a case instituted by one Abubakar against his firm, ASD Motors. Alhaji Sani said for that reason, Shehu Sani demanded and collected the equivalent of N5 million in Dollars with a promise to give N1 million out of that to unnamed EFCC officials. He also claimed that the senator came back on Nov 29, 2019, saying that the prosecutor in his case could not do anything about it but that he had discussed the matter with Magu who asked him to bring $20,000 to resolve the case.
Alhaji Sani said that although he argued that Magu is said to be incorruptible and would not collect the bribe, the former lawmaker, convinced him to part with the cash, insisting that the EFCC boss was his friend and that he would accept the cash in dollars. According to the complainant, Shehu collected additional $10,000 from him on November 29, 2019, and thereafter refused to pick his calls or reply to text messages and only grudgingly refunded the sum of $25,000 of the amount to him on December 24, 2019, after he had reported the scam to the EFCC. According to him, Shehu had shunned him until he was arrested and detained on new year’s eve by the operatives of the EFCC. But Sani has denied the claims by the complainant and appeared unruffled by the issues raised against him.