- Alhaji Sani Dauda, an EFCC witness and on Tuesday, July 7 denied giving Senator Shehu Sani bribe
- Dauda made this known while being cross-examined in court at the ongoing trial of Sani by the EFCC
- Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the matter until Wednesday, July 8 for a continuation of trial
Alhaji Sani Dauda, a prosecution witness and owner of ASD Motors Nigeria Limited, Kaduna on Tuesday, July 7 denied giving Senator Shehu Sani bribe.
Dauda made this known while being cross-examined at a Federal High Court, Abuja in the ongoing trial of Senator Sani by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Answering questions from the defence counsel, Mr Abdul Ibrahim, SAN, Dauda told the court that he knew that bribery was a crime under Nigeria's laws.
When Ibrahim asked if he gave Sani bribe to give anyone, the witness said that “Sani didn’t tell me that it was for bribe.”
The witness also told the court that the EFCC pressured him into handing over the $25,000 Sani returned to them to serve as an exhibit.
According to him, after he reported the matter to the EFCC, Sani returned the amount of $25,000 to him.
Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the matter until Wednesday, July 8 for a continuation of trial.
The EFCC is prosecuting Sani on two-count criminal charges, bordering on name-dropping and obtaining the sum of $25,000 from Dauda.
Sani has since denied the claims, saying he is a victim of political prosecution by the anti-graft agency.
The assessment of the EFCC's effectiveness in combating corruption in Nigeria has always been tainted with politics.
Experts say the organization has not been effective in combating corruption in Nigeria but has been very active in intimidating political opponents of the powers that be.
The recommended approach to the EFCC focusing on its core duties, the experts say, is to correct those identified inhibitors that undermined the commission’s capacity, such as intrusive government interference, lack of autonomy, poor funding and weak laws, among others, to mitigate corruption.
Recall that at the resumed trial on Monday, July 6, one Ismaila Bala who is also EFCC's witness alongside Dauda, contradicted himself in his testimony under cross-examination by the prosecuting counsel.