- Ibrahim Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) faults reports claiming that he was approached by Shehu Sani to influence the outcome of some cases against one Sani Dauda
- The senior judicial officer denies being involved in any unethical conduct to influence court cases as alleged in the media
- The CJN says the claims that he met Shehu Sani is a lie meant to tarnish his reputation
Ibrahim Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has described as false reports claiming that he was approached by Shehu Sani to influence the outcome of some cases against one Sani Dauda.
Shehu Sani, a former senator was recently arrested by the EFCC over allegations that he collected money from Sani Dauda, promising to pass it on to Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.
The former lawmaker was also reported to have claimed that he could assist Dauda in influencing the outcome of some cases using his connection with the CJN and some other judges.
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But in reaction to the claim, the CJN in a statement on Sunday, January 5, through Festus Akande, the spokesman of the Supreme Court, denied being involved in any unethical conduct as alleged in the media, The Cable reports.
“Our attention has been drawn to the story making the round in some national dailies where it was reported that Senator Shehu Sani allegedly approached Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors and purportedly demanded for the sum of N4, 000,000 to give to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Dr Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, to settle some unnamed four Judges over a case he (Shehu Sani) allegedly claimed won’t see the light of the day,” Akande said on Muhammad’s behalf.
He said if the statement credited to Shehu Sani was actually made by him, it is a lie to tarnish the image and reputation of the CJN.
The spokesperson for the Supreme Court said Justice Tanko Muhammad has never in his entire life had any form of encounter, either directly or remotely with Shehu Sani.
Meanwhile, the EFCC on Thursday, January 2, obtained a court order to detain the former senator who represented Kaduna Central during the eight National Assembly, Shehu Sani, for 14 days to allow unfettered investigation of his alleged involvement in name dropping and extortion.
Vanguard reports that the development came just as the chairman/CEO of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda, denied Sani's claims, insisting that he was relying on complaints against the senator.
Legit.ng gathered that the newspaper said the complainant also alleged that Shehu Sani dropped the name of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), asking him to pay N4 million which the CJN would give to four judges who would ensure that the case by one Abubakar against the ASD boss did not see the light of the day.
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