- The EFCC has responded to recent claims made by Senator Shehu Sani
- Senator Sani had released a statement claiming that he is being persecuted for criticising President Buhari
- The EFCC, however, insists that the former lawmaker has questions to answer
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has insisted that Senator Shehu Sani has questions to answer despite the outright denial of the former federal lawmaker over the allegations against him.
Sani is in the EFCC custody for allegedly extorting 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 embattled former senator and activist, has, however, denied the claims, stating that the action against him was just to smear 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 a message sent to journalists from custody.
In a statement sent to journalists by its acting spokesman, Tony Orilade on Friday, January 10, the anti-graft commission denied Sani's claims that he is being persecuted due to his criticisms against President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
Part of the statement read: “Let it be stated clearly, that Senator Shehu Sani has questions to answer as regards the alleged involvement in name-dropping, and particularly obtaining $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda, the ASD Motors boss, in order to help shield him from investigations being carried out by EFCC.
“For certain people to brazenly come out to defend a suspect, who is being probed for a serious offence as the one committed by Sani shows that they are not really conversant with his offence.
“It is unfortunate that certain people are ready to do anything to support evil for pecuniary gains.”
Recall that on Wednesday, January 8, EFCC operatives ransacked the Abuja home of Senator Sani claiming they were there to look for incriminating evidence against the former lawmaker.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has described as false reports claiming that he was approached by 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, adding that if the statement credited to the former lawmaker was actually made by him, it is a lie to tarnish his image and reputation.
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