Alleged fraud: Shehu Sani granted N10m bail

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted former member of the Senate, Shehu Sani N10million bail on a two-count charge of bribery brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Inyang Ekwo, who granted the bail application by Sani, said he must produce a surety who will sign bond of the same amount and who must own a landed property worth N10 within Abuja.

Justice Ekwo ordered Sani to deposit his international passport and must only travel outside the country with the permission of the court.

The judge, who granted accelerated hearing in the case, adjourned till February 24, 25 and 26 for trial.

He ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC’s custody until he meets the bail conditions.

According to the charges, Sani allegedly collected $15,000 from a businessman, Sani Dauda under false pretense on November 20, 2019, promising to give the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, in other to influence some pending cases in court.

He also allegedly collected $10,000 from Mr Dauda to bribe the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Dauda had also, in his petition to the EFCC, claimed that the former senator demanded N4m from him to give to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, and other four judges to influence some pending cases in court.

The former lawmaker had denied the allegations, while the CJN had since had denied links with Sani.

Operatives of the EFCC had searched two houses and an office of the embattled senator in Abuja and the commission had since detained him.