Senator Sani: CJN distances self from N4m bribery allegation
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has distanced himself from the allegation of financial inducement by Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna State.
It was alleged that Sani approached one Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors and purportedly demanded the sum of N4, 000,000 to give to the CJN to settle some unnamed four Judges over a case he Sani allegedly claimed won’t see the light of the day.
Director of Press and Information, Supreme Court of Nigeria, Dr. Akande Festus, in a statement issued Sunday, wondered if the statement credited to Sani actually emanated from him.
According to him, no matter the source, it was a blatant lie, a figment of his imagination and an orchestrated falsehood immodestly concocted to malign, smear and disingenuously tarnish the good image and reputation of the CJN with a view to gaining financial reward.
“Even though the veracity of the true source of the unsubstantiated statement has not yet been ascertained to know if it was really from the former Senator, it is, however imperative to keep the records straight by letting the public know that Justice Tanko Muhammad has never, in his entire life, seen or had any form of encounter or interactions, either directly or remotely with Shehu Sani, let alone giving him assurances of what is not only unethical but equally despicable and inglorious, to say the least.”
He noted that the outcome of the ongoing investigations will determine the next line of action to be taken regarding the flagrant defamation of the character of the CJN.
According to him, “perpetrators of such falsehood can never be allowed to walk away with the dastardly act.
“The lesson learnt from this will surely serve as deterrent to other potential name droppers and extortionists, who are apparently wanting in noble candor that may also be eagerly waiting in the queue to thread the same path of infamy”, Akande vowed.
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