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$20,000 alleged extortion: My arrest, classic case of political persecution – Shehu Sani


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Senator who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani has described his ongoing tribulation over an alleged $20,000 extortion from Kaduna business mogul, Sani Dauda as a clear case of political persecution.

Mr Sani stated this while addressing newsmen on Monday shortly after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him N10million bail.

“In this court, we will establish our innocence, [because] this is a classic and clear case of political persecution. I thank you all for the support,” Mr Sani said.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arrested Mr Sani for alleged extortion of $20,000 from the owner of ASD Motors, an allegation the Senator had since denied.

Mr Dauda, in his petition, alleged that the Senator had met him four times to pester him to part with the $24,000 (N8.6 million) over his daughter’s case.

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He said: “On November 14, 2019, Senator Shehu Sani came to my residence in Kaduna State to sympathise with me with regard to a case that happened.

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“After few days, he came back to meet me again on November 19, 2019 in the night in my Abuja residence and told me that he had spoken to the Chief Justice of Nigeria regarding my case with one Abubakar and mentioned that the CJN was unhappy.

“He added that the CJN said Abubakar had some pending cases with the EFCC and that he would instruct EFCC to bring up the cases.

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“Senator Shehu Sani further told me that the CJN had told four judges not to look into any case related to my case, which Abubakar brought to them.”

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“When he left my house, he called back, saying that I should give N1 million each to the four judges and another N1 million for the EFCC officials.

“On November 20, 2019, Senator Shehu Sani came back to my residence in Abuja to collect N5,000.000.00 in equivalent of dollars for the four judges and EFCC officials.”

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