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$25,000 Extortion: I Never Pleaded Guilty — Shehu Sani

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Former Senator, Shehu Sani

Daniel Ojukwu

Former Senator Shehu Sani has denied confessing to the alleged case of extortion against him.

Sani said media reports alleging that he confessed to demanding $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors, was “false, malicious and aimed at further denigrating the hard-earned image of Senator Shehu Sani.”

The said reports in the media, claim that Sani confessed after listening to three tapes proving he committed the crime.

Sani had been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since December 31st, 2019 for allegedly extorting money from Alhaji Sani Dauda to bribe acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, to help Dauda to evade prosecution.

Reacting to the alleged confession, Senior Special Assistant to Sani, Mr Sulaiman Ahmed, in a statement, described it as false.

The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a news item that has been trending in the newspapers and social media, alleging that Senator Shehu Sani has begged after listening to some audios presented to him at the EFCC, that his matter with Alhaji Sani Dauda (ASD), should not further be taken to the media. Our first thought was to discountenance it because of the political dimension the issue is taking, which the public is much aware of. However, such a blatant lie, if left uncleared, could assume a life of its own.

“The statement is false, malicious and aimed at further denigrating the hard-earned image of Senator Shehu Sani. We wish to state without any contradiction that the phone call between Senator Shehu Sani and ASD does not signify any bribery issue. The selected cut and join conversations cannot stand as evidence in any court of competent jurisdiction. It is nothing but a desperate attempt to concoct evidence to sustain the ongoing media trial against Senator Shehu Sani.

“It should be noted that Senator Shehu Sani has been having various phone conservations on the conflicting issues with ASD. More so, ASD has already pleaded with Senator Shehu Sani on his mistake of allowing his son to write and for him to have signed the petition to EFCC.”

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