BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central senatorial district in the Senate from 2015 to June 2019, and presently being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that his travail is a calculated attempt to silence and subdue him.
The ardent critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the Kaduna State government, said the same EFCC and its sponsors alleging extortion against him are the same people closing his bank accounts, searching his houses and offices in addition to demanding that he should declare his assets which he already did at the CCB in 2019 when he left the
Sani, who was arrested by the EFCC over allegation of extortion of $20,000 from the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhanji Sani Dauda, described the allegation of extortion against him as baseless and totally unfounded.
Sani specifically said that his travail in the hands of the EFCC is nothing but a calculated and deliberate attempt to subdue him stressing however that such smear campaign of calumny against him would only energise him in the battle against injustice and corruption in the country.
He explained that he has provided all necessary statement and facts regarding the allegation to the EFCC and therefore challenged the anti-graft agency to prove its case against him.
In the words of Sani; “Alhaji Sani Dauda and his hidden sponsors have not been able to provide any proof of their allegations. I am unjustly being 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 or framing me,’ will not silence me, bend me or compromise me.”
Sani also declared that he had never met with the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any judge or judges directly or indirectly to offer any form of gratification from Alhaji Sani Dauda.
He further declared; “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 am alive.”
It was gathered that in spite of efforts by the EFCC to get petitioner, Dauda to prove his allegation, the anti-graft agency is yet to tell the nation if Dauda has been able to shed more light into the matter or otherwise.