- A former senator, Shehu Sani is reportedly refusing to subject himself to a lie detector test
- Sani is said to prefer to swear by the Holy Qur’an than subjecting himself to a polygraph test
- The EFCC reportedly asks Sani to write a statement on his refusal to undergo a lie detector test
Shehu Sani who is currently in the detention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged extortion has reportedly refused to take a lie detector test.
The former senator was said to have told the anti-graft commission that he preferred to swear by the Holy Qur’an than subjecting himself to a polygraph test, The Nation reports.
Sani is alleged to have extorted one Alhaji Sani Dauda, a businessman of the sum of $24,000 (N8.6 million) under the guise of influencing the latter’s (Dauda’s) cases with the EFCC.
The anti-graft agency was reported to have moved Sani out of his detention cell on Monday, January 6, to the polygraph office annex in Wuse 2, Abuja for the test.
However, the former lawmaker upon reaching the polygraph machine was said to have refused to subject himself to a lie detector test.
“I won’t take the test; I do not trust the machine. I am not sure whether or not the machine is working well,” Sani was quoted as saying.
“Instead of polygraph, give me the Holy Qur’an to swear with.”
After his refusal, the commission reportedly did not force him to go through with the test.
“Following his refusal, our detectives did not force him to go through the test,” a source at the EFCC said.
“But they asked him to write a statement on his refusal to undergo polygraph because he had earlier sworn by his grave but he has not been straightforward.”
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
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.
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