EFCC: Sani trade words over $20,000 extortion allegation

Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of attempting to silence him over his criticism of  the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said the embattled former lawmaker had a case to answer for alleged involvement in extortion and name-dropping

Sani, who alleged that he had been framed,  insisted that “criminalising me or framing me will not silence me”.

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The People’s Redemption Party   chieftain  was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission December 31, 2019,  for allegedly using the name of the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu,  to extort money from members of the public.

He was  said to have   demanded   $20,000 from  the owner of ASD Motors,  Alhaji Sani Dauda, to help him influence  cases at the EFCC and Supreme Court. Dauda  petitioned  the EFCC after the allegedly gave Sani $10,000.

The human rights activist, who represented Kaduna Central   in the Senate from 2015 to 2019, was also said to have demanded N4m  from    Dauda to bribe the  Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko, and  four other judges to  influence the Supreme Court  to rule in his favour.

However, the CJN has since denied the allegation.

The anti-corruption body  on Wednesday searched   two homes and an office in Abuja belonging to the ex-lawmaker as  part of the  probe of the allegation of  extortion  levelled against him.

But in a statement on Friday, Sani claimed  the government  was  using his accuser through the EFCC to frame him.

Speaking for the first time on the extortion allegation, the   politician, a fiery critic of the government, maintained his innocence.

In  his  statement  to our correspondent via WhatsApp, Sani said,  “The allegation of ‘extortion’ against me is baseless, fact-less, unfounded, hollow and unsubstantial.

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Meanwhile, acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, explained in a statement in Abuja on Friday, that Sani is currently facing criminal investigation, and is being detained ”in a very conducive environment based on a valid court order.”

The commission dismissed insinuations that Sani was held for being a critic of the President, stressing that those defending the ex-lawmaker were not conversant with his alleged crime. Punch
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