The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has purportedly gotten a court order to detain Shehu Sani, a former senator, for 14 days to enable further investigation into allegations of extortion levelled against him.
This was disclosed by a source with close ties to the anti-graft agency.
Sani was arrested by the EFCC in Abuja on Tuesday for alleged extortion of $10,000 from Sani Dauda, the owner of ASD Motors.
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The order was reportedly obtained by the EFCC following new allegations levelled against Sani by Dauda.
It was learnt that Sani had allegedly collected the said amount and promised to deliver it to Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC acting Chairman, to facilitate the resolving of an ongoing corruption case against Dauda.
The former federal lawmaker was also said to have mentioned the name of Ibrahim Tanko, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), to the complainant to get the case to be quashed.
Dauda also reportedly claimed that he gave the $10,000 to Sani on November 29, 2019, adding that the ex-lawmaker also demanded another N1 million for the EFCC officials.
Although the money has been recovered from Sani, it was gathered that his refusal to honour an invitation from the anti-graft agency prompted his arrest.
“The complainant claimed that Shehu Sani asked him to bring N4m which would be given to a judge by the CJN to ensure that the case by one Abubakar against the ASD boss did not see the light of the day.
“Following the new allegations raised by the complainant against the former senator, we have obtained a court order to keep him in custody for two weeks to enable us to carry out a thorough investigation into the case,” a source told the Punch.
The EFCC has, however, not confirmed if it has obtained the supposed court order against Sani.