The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has insisted former senator who represented Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has questions to answer over alleged extortion of $25,000 from one Sani Dauda of ASD Motors in order to help shield him from investigation by the commission.
A statement issued on Friday by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Tony Orilade also debunked the insinuations that the former lawmaker was being hunted because of his criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has taken note of insinuations and phantom claims that the Commission is “prosecuting” Senator Shehu Sani, because he is a known critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“The Commission wishes to state that Senator Shehu Sani is currently facing criminal investigation, and he is being detained by the EFCC in very conducive environment, based on a valid court order.
“Invariably, claims in some quarters of the breach of his fundamental human rights, are merely in the imagination of the purveyors of such claims, the statement said.
The statement said further that Senator Shehu Sani had questions to answer as regards the alleged involvement in name-dropping, and particularly that he obtained $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda, the ASD Motors boss, in order to help shield him from investigations being carried out by the EFCC.
The EFCC also condemned those defending Sani, saying “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!” the statement added.