Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko, Denies Meeting Shehu Sani After Arrest By EFCC

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Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, said he never met with the former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, either directly or tenuously.

Shehu is currently being held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly extorting a businessman, Sani Dauda.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that; according to the petition filed against the senator by Dauda, Sani had claimed to know the Acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, and had collected money from the businessman in order to assist a meeting between Dauda and Magu.

Dauda also said Sani collected the sum of N4 Million from him to give the Chief Justice and other judges.

Tanko has denied having any links with Sani, describing the claim as a lie. Tanko said, “I have never had any form of encounter or interaction, either directly or tenuously with Shehu Sani, let alone giving him assurances of what is not only unethical but equally despicable and ignominious, to say the least.

Let it be known that if the statement that was credited to Shehu Sani was actually made by him, it is simply a lie.

Dauda had in the petition to the EFCC accused Sani of collecting the sum of $10,000 in the month of November 2019, which he said the former lawmaker promised to pass on to Magu.

Previously, the EFCC had asked Dauda to prove his allegations against Sani for it to be able to prosecute the former lawmaker.

On Friday, the 3rd of January 2020, the anti-graft agency however, obtained a 14 days detention order against the former lawmaker.

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