By Toby Prince
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts of former Senator Shehu Sani, his aide has alleged.
Sani has been in EFCC’s custody since December 31. He was alleged to have claimed access to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, some other judges and EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to obtain $24,000 from a businessman, Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors, with promises of influencing the outcome of some court cases involving Dauda.
A senior special adviser to Sani, Suleiman Ahmed, said in a statement on Sunday that the former senator was forced to declare his assets.
Mr Ahmed accused EFCC of bias, wondering why Sani’s accuser “who admitted to giving bribe” is not detained.
“We have in (it) on record that Shehu Sani’s accuser has no pending case with the Supreme Court, how comes did he give (gave) Shehu Sani bribe to give the CJN? We have it on record that Shehu Sani’s accuser has no pending or ongoing case with the EFCC, how comes did he give (gave) Shehu Sani bribe to give the EFCC or its chairman?” Ahmed said.
“The CJN denied the bribe allegations and Shehu Sani denied the bribe allegations, where did Tony Orilade (referring to EFCC’s spokesperson) get his fact? It is not enough posting statement about Shehu Sani. If you have any evidence or fact, why not post it now?
“You said people defending Shehu Sani are doing it for pecuniary gain, are you defending EFCC for free? Shehu Sani petitioner said $24,000 and you said $25,000, are you the one that added $1,000? Mr Toni Orilade should stop lying and threatening people. If you have any cheque or draft or anything to show please do so.
“Mr. Orilade, what is the connection between allegations of extortion of $25,000 and then searching his residence, blocking his accounts and forcing him to declare his assets?”
Sani had also accused the Federal Government of trying to silence him. But the EFCC says he has a “case to answer.”