- Former senator, Shehu Sani, has responded to the allegation that he demanded money from a northern businessman to bribe judges
- Sani claims that what was said about him is not true as he had never met Tanko Muhammad, the chief justice of Nigeria
- The ex-lawmaker said he would not allow his image to be smeared
Embattled former senator and activist, Shehu Sani, has spoken out from a detention facility belonging to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as he claims that the action against him was just to smear his image.
Sani, who is being held for alleged extortion of $24,000 from a businessman, spoke on Friday, January 10, claiming that the accusation against him by the EFCC had no base and comes without fact. He specifically described the allegations as lacking any base or fact.
He said what was said about him has no substance. In a message, he sent to journalists from detention, Daily Trust reports Sani as saying it was meant to tarnish his image.
"The extortion allegation is nothing but a wholesale falsehood, packaged in a phantom anti-graft facade to taint, stain and mute me. That shall never happen if I am alive," Sani said in the message.
Sani said he already told the EFCC all that he knows about the allegation which he described as "their package of lies and I demand the EFCC to make public all the sheets of our statements and supporting documents for the world to see."
Sani argued that his detention is not fair and that it is simply arranged.
He argued that Alhaji Sani Dauda (the petitioner) and those sponsoring him have not been able to provide any proof of their allegations.
"I’m unjustly incarcerated on the ground of an arranged two-page petition backed with no evidential or documentary proof," Sani insisted.
Sani alleged that the authorities had closed his bank accounts even though he is just being accused of extortion. He further said his houses had been searched while he is being told to declare his assets, which he said he had done previously.
The former senator said he had never met the chief justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, after claims that he allegedly demanded money to bribe the latter and other judges.
He also insisted that he never discussed any such issue as receiving money from the petitioner for onward transfer to any judge as has been claimed.
He said the case against him is not just fake, but what he called blatant lies passed through someone and the nation's anti-graft agency just to cause drama.
Legit.ng earlier reported how operatives of the anti-graft agency recently invaded Sani's Abuja residence.
The former senator has been in the anti-graft agency custody since late last year over alleged extortion.
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