Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday presented two more witnesses against Senator Shehu Sani before Justice I.E Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
One of them is Alhaji Sani Dauda, who is chairman of ASD Group of Companies and a board member, Peugeot Automobile Ltd and a plaintiff in the criminal matter.
Sani is facing prosecution by the commission on two-count criminal charges, bordering on name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining the sum of USD$25,000 from Alhaji Dauda under a false pretence that he would use the sum to bribe the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu to shield the plaintiff from EFCC’s investigation and prosecution and to prompt the Commission to arrest and prosecute Dauda’s estranged son-in-law, one Abubakar Musa.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Dauda who testified as prosecution witness six (PW 6), told the court how Shehu Sani allegedly blackmailed him into parting with the said sum.
“Shehu Sani came to sympathize with me on November 12, 2020 when the husband of my daughter, Abubakar Musa divorced her about three years ago and we had issue where the Inspector General of Police arrested and detained me and my family.
Then, Sani told me that he was going to Abuja and promised to help me out of the case.
“When he reached Abuja, he called me on November 19, 2019 that he wanted to see me, and that the issue will not be discussed on phone that it was better we met in person. I then came to Abuja and Sani came to my Maitama residence where he informed me that he spoke with the CJN (Chief Justice of Nigeria) about my matter. I then told him that I wanted to meet the CJN in person, but Sani told me that he can’t see me because the DSS and other security men were watching his moves; hence, he can only communicate with me on phone.
“I communicated with someone purported to be CJN, where he asked me if I knew any judge, I told him no, then he said he gave Sani message, and that he will relate it with me. That’s where Sani told me about four judges whom the CJN assigned to help me in my case.
“He further said I should give him some money to sort out the judges, a million naira for each of them and one million naira for an operative of the EFCC to prosecute my in-law Musa because he has case with EFCC, making the total, five million naira. I then informed him that I don’t have money, but he insisted, leaving me with no choice but to call one Abubakar, a bureau de change operator the following day to give me five million naira, equivalent of $13,937 (Thirteen thousand, nine hundred and thirty-seven US dollars) . Then I had some dollars with me because I just returned from the lesser hajj. I put them all together to make $15,000 (Fifteen thousand dollars),” he stated.
Shehu Sani, he further stated, informed him that he has an axe to grind with Musa, having allegedly identified him as among the people who ensured that he did not return to the Senate in 2019.
Earlier, prosecution witness six (PW 5), Bala Ismail, who has been ASD’s domestic worker for 20 years, narrated to the court how Shehu Sani came to ASD’s residence in Maitama, Abuja, five times and left with an envelope, which he said, he didn’t know the contents on all of the occasions.