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Drama as Shehu Sani refuses to undergo EFCC’s lie detector test

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A mild drama ensued on Monday between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Shehu Sani, an alleged $24,000 extortion suspect, Sen. Shehu Sani over his refusal to undergo a lie detector test in Abuja.

However, according to a report by The Nation, Mr Sani opted to swear by the Holy Qur’an, rather than subjecting himself to a polygraph machine.

The Senator was quoted as saying: “I won’t take the test; I do not trust the machine. I am not sure whether or not the machine is working well.

“Instead of polygraph, give me the Holy Qur’an to swear with.”

It was also learnt that EFCC detectives later asked Mr Sani to “put his resistance in a statement on oath for record purposes”.

“Following his refusal, our detectives did not force him to go through the test.

“But they asked him to write a statement on his refusal to undergo polygraph because he had earlier sworn by his grave but he has not been straightforward,” a highly-placed source told The Nation.

Recall that the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ASD Motors, Sani Dauda had petitioned the EFCC over an alleged extortion of $24,000 by the Senator.

Senator Sani has since denied the allegation.

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.

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.

“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.

“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.”

“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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