Extortion of $24,000: Senator Shehu Sani Cries foul, EFCC Insists He Has Questions to Answer

Former Senator Shehu Sani is alleging that the Federal Government of Nigeria is attempting to silence him by levelling an extortion allegation against him.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested him and reportedly invaded his residence in Abuja and his office over alleged extortion of $25,000 from the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.

However, the former lawmaker believes that he is being witch-hunted over his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration. He told Punch that the allegations of ‘extortion’ against him "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".

In reaction to the message the lawmaker sent to the newspaper outfit while in EFCC custody, the anti-graft agency said the lawmaker is being detained in a conducive environment based on a court order.

Contrary to public opinion that the former senator is a victim of political war, the commission says Shehu Sani has "questions to answer as regards the alleged involvement in name-dropping, and particularly obtaining $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda".

EFCC via a series of tweets on Friday evening, said: "The Commission wishes to state that Senator Shehu Sani is currently facing a criminal investigation, and he is being detained by the EFCC in a very conducive environment, based on a valid court order.

"Invariably, claims in some quarters of the breach of his fundamental human rights is merely in the imagination of the purveyors of such claims.

"For certain people to brazenly come out to defend a suspect, who is being probed for a serious offence as the one committed by Sani shows that they are not really conversant with his offence...

"It is unfortunate that certain people are ready to do anything to support evil for pecuniary gains. This is quite unfortunate!"

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