EFCC fails to produce evidence against Sani

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has failed to produce evidence in its alleged bribery case against former Senator Shehu Sani.

When the case was called on Thursday, counsel to the EFCC, Abba Mohammed, told the court that the material evidence they planned to rely on is not available.

He said the cash (the bribe sum) was in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for safekeeping.

Mohammed said the commission had abolished the practice of keeping monetary exhibits retrieved because of safety.

He, therefore, urged the court to grant an adjournment to enable the commission retrieve the evidence from the CBN.

The presiding judge, Iyang Ekwo, obliged the prosecution’s request and adjourned the matter till October 19.

Speaking with journalists after the court session, the defence counsel, Pelumi Olajengbesi, wondered why the EFCC was unable to produce material evidence against his client.

“The prosecution needs to get more organised. You do not just come to court and say that the material evidence you need to present to court is not available. It shows that they are not serious they are running from pillar to post to look for an excuse to nail this man who has lived a decent life.

“It also shows that the EFCC is not a serious organisation but a political arm of few people who believe that they can control things from the corridor of power.”

Sani is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a two-count charge of bribery. He allegedly collected $15,000 from one Sani Dauda under false pretense on November 20, 2019, promising to give it to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, in order to influence some pending cases in court.



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