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Sani sues EFCC, ASD over detention, breach of rights

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Civil rights activist and former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has instituted a N100million suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for violating his fundamental rights and detaining him over allegation of extortion.

Also joined in the case before an Abuja High Court is the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda, who was said to have reported to the EFCC that Sani extorted the sum of $10million from him to bribe the acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

Sani’s aide, Suleiman Ahmed, in a telephone interview, yesterday, said the senator decided to sue the EFCC and ASD Motors over the allegation of extortion they brought against him and his detention, adding: “Nigerians can see what injustice the EFCC has perpetrated against him.

According to Ahmed: “The senator’s Counsel, Abdul Ibrahim (SAN), has filed a motion under enforcement of fundamental rights procedure for Sani vs. EFCC and ASD before Justice A.B. Mohammed at High Court 21, Gudu, slated for Monday, January 20 to move the application for his release.

“Sani is claiming N100million against EFCC and ASD for damages, unlawful detention and to release him forthwith.”

He further argued that despite the fact that ASD sought that Alhaji Isa Funtua be called by EFCC to throw light on his statement to the Commission, the request was ignored, adding: “The senator was arrested unjustly on allegation of extortion, whereas it was ASD that decided to sell a car to him. The EFCC went ahead and ransacked his houses, office and also blocked his bank account.

“They have kept him in detention for over the days the order they brought from the High Court permits. The expiration date was January 14 and still they are keeping him in detention. They have violated his freedom and the Senator has decided to go to court to enforce his fundamental rights.”


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