Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday stormed the two houses and an office of the embattled Senator Shehu Sani in Abuja, with the search warrant obtained by the commission from Chief Magistrate’s Court before carrying out the searches.
We gathered that as of part of the ongoing probe of the former lawmaker for alleged extortion of $24,000 from the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.
Dauda, also in his petition to the EFCC, had claimed that the former senator demanded N4m from him to give to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, and other four judges to influence some pending cases in court.
But the CJN on Sunday had denied links with Shehu Sani. It was further gathered that the EFCC took evidence from the wife of the businessman, who confirmed that Sani met with her husband in their home.
Sani, a fiery critic of the government, has consistently maintained his innocence.
One of the officers who carried out the operations told journalist that “We followed due process by obtaining a search warrant from a Chief Magistrate’s Court and we ensured that the suspect was present during the exercise.
“So far, nothing was found against him during the operation and the former senator has been returned to our custody,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party has said the arrest and incarceration of Sani who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019, are unprofessional.
The PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Diran Odeyemi, who said this in an interview with newsmen described as regrettable the continued detention of Sani without arraignment, which suggested that the EFCC had yet to finalize its investigation.
He urged the commission to accord Sani all his rights under the law, noting that the senator remained an accused person and should be treated as an innocent person until otherwise proved.
“A professional body such as the EFCC ought to stop placing the cart before the horse. The accepted standard for such operations is to investigate first, then prosecute with the materials gathered over time.”