Following the arrest of Senator Shehu Sani by the EFCC, the anti-graft agency has obtained court order to detain the embattled Senator for 14 days to allow unfettered investigation of his alleged involvement in name dropping and extortion.
Recall that the vocal ex-lawmaker was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday, December 31, for allegedly using the name of the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, to extort sums of money from some members of the public.
Among other cases, Sani was said to have demanded $20,000 from a car dealer, Alhaji Sani Dauda, the owner of ASD Motors, who gave him $10,000 and later complained to the EFCC.
A source said,
“The ASD Motors boss, Alhaji Sani Dauda, complained that Sani collected $10,000 from him on the grounds that he is very close to the EFCC boss.
“He was subsequently arrested and granted an administrative bail while the said $10,000 was recovered from him. He was asked to report but he made himself incommunicado.
“Sani claimed that he was close to Magu and could help them to escape the agency’s scrutiny and punishments for economic and financial infractions.”
According to new reports, Alhaji Sani Dauda, debunked the claims of Shehu Sani, insisting that he is relying on complaints against the senator.
The complainant also alleged that Shehu Sani dropped the name of the CJN, asking him to pay N4million which the CJN would give to 4 judges who would ensure that the case by one Abubakar against the ASD boss did not see the light of the day.
The complainant also alleged that the senator demanded another N1million for the EFFC officials.
He added that he paid N5million in the equivalent of dollars for the 4 judges and EFCC officials to Shehu Sani.
He also claimed that the senator came back on Nov 29, 2019, saying that the prosecutor in his case could not do anything about it but he has discussed with Magu who asked him to bring $20,000 to resolve the case.
He alleged that he was shocked on the grounds that Magu is incorruptible. But the senator alleged that Magu is his friend and would collect the bribe.
The complainant further claimed that he gave $10,000 to Shehu Sani on November 29, 2019.
He also alleged that since then, Shehu Sani refused to pick his calls and ignored his messages.
He added that the Senator only refunded his $25,000 on December 24, 2019, after the involvement of the EFCC, following his petition to EFCC.
He alleged that when he told the senator that there was the need to report the development to the EFCC, the senator remained incommunicado until his arrest on December 31, 2019. The said $25,000 cash is now with the EFCC as an exhibit.
The complainant and the senator are now being quizzed by investigators and about to confront each other over the allegations.