The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, arraigned Shehu Sani on a two-count charge bordering on alleged bribery.
The anti-graft agency accused the former lawmaker, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, of “collecting $25,000″ in the name of EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
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Sani, who was arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, pleaded “not guilty” to the two-count charge.
According to the charges filed by the EFCC, Sani allegedly collected $15,000 from Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors in Kaduna State, under false pretence on November 20, 2019, promising to give the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, in other to influence some pending cases in court.
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He is also accused of collected $10,000 from Dauda to bribe Magu. After the charge was read to the former lawmaker, his counsel, A A Ibrahim, asked the court to grant him leave to move Sani’s bail application.
However, Abba Mohammed, lawyer representing the anti-graft agency, asked the court for a remand order against Sani, who was arrested by the EFCC in December 2019.
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Justice Ekwo stood down the matter until 12.00pm to give the prosecution time to study the defendant’s bail application, since he claimed he was served today.
The plea for bail would be decided when the court reconvenes later at noon.
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