Lawyers disagree with press statement on arrest, detention of one Mahdi Shehu

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Solicitors to Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN has condemned a publication in respect of the arrest and detention of one Mahdi Shehu by the police describing it as misleading, malicious and gross misinterpretation of facts leading to the arrest.

A statement signed by M. E. Sheriff for A. A. Malami, SAN &CO said the statements that were made on February 7, 2024 as well as that of January13, 2024 were totally not correct.

It said that without prejudice to the police investigation that is ongoing, the true facts relate to the Complaint/Petition which “we wrote to the Inspector General of Police on allegations bothering on extortion, criminal intimidation and attempt to obtain money by false pretence against a syndicate using GSM Numbers and email addresses.”

“This led to the ongoing investigation into the complaint by the Police. In the course of the investigation, the Police monitored the sustained communications between our clients and the syndicates, wherein the syndicate allegedly disclosed and gave Room Number 9, Summerset Continental Hotel situate at No 73 Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja, as a place where our client would meet the syndicate’s agent for their own payments.

“On reaching the hotel and the room number, Mahdi Shehu was said to have been found therein at the scene with copies of documents that were used and sent to our client by the syndicate.

“Some of the documents which the police retrieved from Mahdi Shehu specifically lend credence to yet another petition of our client that bothers on hacking and financial improprieties affecting Hajiya Aisha Abubakar Malami.

“On account of the compromise of our client’s emails, sensitive information was unlawfully extracted from an email account, and the sum of over N19 million was unlawfully taken out of our client’s account by the syndicate which allegedly turns out to be a syndicate of which Mahdi was coordinating via a group chat which he joined.

“He allegedly came over to the said provided address to collect $500,000 at the instance of the syndicate. The investigation and all the documents recovered thus far are there with the Police for any person that cares to verify what we are saying.

“Therefore, we should all encourage, support and allow the police to do their work as it is the outcome of the investigation that can confirm who is culpable and who is innocent; at the moment, if Mahdi Shehu, has any explanation to make regarding the arrest, he should do so to the police but certainly not to the press or embark on campaign of calumny via the social media”, the statement read.