Alleged fraud: EFCC fails to produce evidence against Shehu Sani, seeks for adjournment

Alleged fraud: EFCC fails to produce evidence against Shehu Sani, seeks for adjournment

- The EFCC on Thursday, July 9 failed to produce evidence against Senator Shehu Sani in court

- The commission said the material evidence in which they relied on to prosecute their case was not ready

- Pelumi Olajemigbesi, one of the lawyers in the legal team of Senator Sani, said the EFCC is wasting the court's time

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, July 9 failed to produce evidence against Senator Shehu Sani in the alleged $25,000 bribe case against the popular human rights activist.

At the resumed hearing of the case at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the prosecution lawyer, Abba Mohammed told the court that the material evidence in which they relied on to prosecute their case was not ready.

Mohammed said all the material evidence particularly cash were in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safekeeping.

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Alleged fraud: EFCC fails to produce evidence against Shehu Sani, seeks for adjournment

File photo of Senator Shehu Sani in court.
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According to him, the EFCC no longer keep monetary exhibit for safety purpose.

He, therefore, applied for an adjournment to enable the anti-graft agency have time to retrieve the evidence from the CBN.

The presiding judge, Justice Ekwo Iyang granted the application and adjourned the matter to 19, 20, 21 and 22 October 2020 for the continuation of the trial.

Speaking to journalists after the court session, Pelumi Olajemigbesi, one of the lawyers in the legal team of Senator Sani, said the failure of the commission in producing material evidence in the case is dangerous to the criminal justice system of the country.

He added that the commission was not ready for the trial but succeeded in wasting the time of the court.

Recall that Alhaji Sani Dauda, a prosecution witness and owner of ASD Motors Nigeria Limited, Kaduna on Tuesday, July 7 denied giving Senator Sani bribe.

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Dauda told the court that he knew that bribery was a crime under Nigeria's laws. When asked if he gave Sani bribe to give anyone, the witness said: “Sani didn’t tell me that it was for bribe.”

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.

Currently, the immediate past EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, is facing a presidential panel after he was accused of re-looting recovered funds by the anti-graft agency.

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