Shehu Sani Explains His Connection With His Accuser
The embattled former Senator, Sani Shehu has explained his connection with his accuser, owner of ASD Motors, Alhaji Dauda.
Dauda had unofficially petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC claiming that the senator had collected $20,000 with the promise of helping him to halt the corruption investigation against him.
The money was alleged to have been for the Acting Chairman of the agency, Ibrahim Magu and the Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.
Sani showed up at the EFCC headquarter on the 31st of December 2019, three days before the invitation date given by the commission.
The intention was to clear the confusion without delay, however, he was detained till 11.30 pm before granted bail.
The Senator could not meet the bail condition so, he had to stay in detention and subsequently, the EFCC obtained an ex-parte order to hold him for an additional 14 days.
With the angle reported on the website of Enough is Enough Nigeria confirmed by the former lawmaker himself on Saturday, there is an indication that Sani may not have been guilty of the offence.
According to EiE report, Sani met Dauda after the latter approached him to buy a new Peugeot car.
The report said, “Senator Shehu Sani at a time went to empathise with Alhaji Sani Dauda, who is now his accuser, over ASD’s arrest regarding a marital issue involving his in-law.
“ASD approached him to change his old Peugeot car to a newer model and also insisted that he could make the payment in instalments. They agreed on the 508 models which cost N17.5m.
“Senator Shehu Sani made the initial deposit of $25,000 in two tranches of $12,000 and $13,000 respectively.
“At a point, ASD went to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj and gave the senator an invoice with an account number into which he could pay when he had the balance. The senator did not take possession of the car as he wanted to complete his payments.
“ASD was said to have met Ibrahim Magu, Acting EFCC Chairman, onboard a plane and in their discussion, he claimed to have sent a message to him through Shehu Sani and also talked about the favours he had done Sani.
“Magu, who felt embarrassed, asked ASD to be invited to give a statement on his claims when they spoke.
“Since ASD could not write, his son was invited to write for him. ASD contacted Shehu Sani, warning him not to honour any invitation from the EFCC.
“Shehu Sani was said to have been implicated in the statement and was invited by the EFCC, whose invitation he honoured two days ahead of time.
“Later, the event that took place was said to have gained the attention of some persons in government, thus Shehu Sani was reinvited by the EFCC. They asked him to come on Thursday, January 2, 2020, but he decided to go there on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, to state his own side of story.
“Shehu Sani was interrogated and granted bail at 11:30 pm on December 31, 2019. He could not meet the bail conditions, so he was detained. The following day was a public holiday.
“It is important to note that as a former senator, he could have been granted bail on self-recognisance.
“Shehu Sani stated that all his relationship with ASD is about the purchase of a car which he is yet to balance and nothing more. He has since been detained till today.
“The allegation of obtaining $10, 000 by false pretence to bribe Magu was later changed to $20,000, then to $24,000 and then a diversion of the story to N4m to bribe the Chief Justice of Nigeria.”
They Cannot Silence Me, Says Sani
After spending 10 days in EFCC custody, Sani who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in National Assembly described the allegation against him as baseless and unfounded.
The former lawmaker in a statement on Thursday said he cannot be silenced on a baseless allegation, adding that it was aimed at smearing his name.
He said, “Alhaji Sani Dauda and his hidden sponsors have not been able to provide any proof of their allegations.
“I’m unjustly incarcerated on the ground of an arranged two-page petition backed with no evidential or documentary proof.
“The bribe story is a heap of blatant lies and outright falsehood concocted and fabricated, using a front and the EFCC to premiere a state drama.
“ASD is a barely educated front for a state mission. Criminalising me or “framing me” will not silence me, bend me or compromise me.”
He continued “They claim extortion and here they are closing my bank accounts, searching my houses and offices and demanding I declare my assets of which I have already done that at the CCB last year when I left the Senate.
“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.”