- SERAP asks the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release Shehu Sani from its custody
- Adetokunbo Mumuni, the executive director, of the group, accuses the anti-graft agency of violating both national and international law
- Mumuni asks the EFCC to release Sani on bail pending the conclusion of any such investigation
The Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has demanded the immediate release of Shehu Sani from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Sani has been in the detention of the anti-graft agency since December 2019, over alleged extortion of $20,000 from a businessman, the Guardian reports.
However, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the executive director, of the group, accused the anti-graft agency of violating both national and international law.
"By prolonging his detention without charge or trial, Sani is being treated like a convicted criminal, in violation of national and international law. This is against the principle of being innocent until proven guilty," Mumuni said.
“Nigeria is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ICCPR). Article 9 of the ICCPR states that ‘anyone who is arrested shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorised by law to exercise judicial power.”
SERAP asked the EFCC release, Sani, on bail pending the conclusion of any such investigation.
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani has spoken out from a detention facility belonging to the EFCC claiming the action against him was just to smear his image.
Sani on Friday, January 10, said that the claim against him by the EFCC was baseless and without fact.
He specifically described the allegations as “baseless, factless, unfounded, hollow and unsubstantial.
In a WhatsApp message he sent to journalists, Daily Trust reports Sani as saying it was meant to tarnish his image.
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