The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said Senator Shehu Sani has questions to answer in his alleged involvement in obtaining $25,000 from the ASD Motors boss, Alhaji Sani Dauda.
Naija News reports that the EFCC had arrested Senator Sani last week over alleged extortion.
Senator Sani allegedly collected money from Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors, promising to pass it on to Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Sani, who represented Kaduna central senatorial district between 2015 and 2019, also reportedly said he could assist Dauda in influencing the outcome of some cases using his connection with Muhammad Tanko, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and some other judges.
CJN Tanko had distanced himself from Sani, saying he has never had anything to do with the former Kaduna central lawmaker.
However, Sani in a statement on Thursday described his arrest and detention by the EFCC as unfair, unjust, prearranged and politically motivated.
The former lawmaker stated that the allegations against him was an attempt to dent his image as a result of his criticism of the current government.
The political activist denied talking to Sani Dauda about any form of bribe or gratification to be given to any judge or any EFCC official.
Reacting in a statement on Friday, EFCC acting spokesman, Tony Orilade, claimed that the alleged shady deal was to shield Dauda from investigations by the anti-graft agency.
The EFCC said: “The Commission wishes to state that Senator Shehu Sani is currently facing criminal investigation, and he is being detained by the EFCC in very conducive environment, based on a valid court order.
“Invariably, claims in some quarters of the breach of his fundamental human rights, is merely in the imagination of the purveyors of such claims.
“Let it be stated clearly, that Senator Shehu Sani has questions to answer as regards the alleged involvement in name-dropping, and particularly that he obtained $25,000 from Alhaji Sani Dauda, the ASD Motors boss, in order to help shield him from investigations being carried out by the EFCC.
“For certain people to brazenly come out to defend a suspect, who is being probed for a serious offence as the one committed by Sani shows that they are not really conversant with his offence.
“It is unfortunate that certain people are ready to do anything to support evil for pecuniary gains. This is quite unfortunate!”.