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An aide to Shehu Sani, Mr Sulaiman Ahmed, on Monday, claimed his principal refused to take a lie detector test because he was not psychologically stable.
He also claimed the politician was being kept in an underground cell by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The People’s Redemption Party chief was arrested by the EFCC on December 31, 2019 for allegedly using the name of the acting chairman of the anti-corruption body, Ibrahim Magu, to extort money from the owner of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.
He was said to have demanded $20,000 Dauda to help him influence cases at the EFCC and Supreme Court. Dauda petitioned the EFCC after allegedly given Sani $10,000.
Ahmed, who is the political adviser to the ex-lawmaker, who represented Kaduna Central in the Senate from 2015 to 2019, spoke on a programme by Osogbo-basedRave FMmonitored by our correspondent.
He said, “A situation where you detain somebody for more than 10 days in an underground cell that whenever he will be given food, he will have to be calling some people from the top before he could be given food.
“After long detention, then you just bring a lie detector or a polygraph to him and then bring the other person who has been going around doing his business, joining them together.
“Psychologically the accused might not be in stable condition.
“How can a lie detector be able to understand that he has been under detention? He has been denied so many things. So that is the reason why he shunned the lie detector.”
Meanwhile, the EFCC has said its investigation into the extortion allegation against Sani is in line with international best practices.
The body, which insisted that suspect was being justifiably detained, said this in response to questions from our correspondent about the alleged freezing of Sani’s bank accounts.
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Acting spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, said this on Monday in response to Sani’s detention by the agency.
Orilade said, “What the commission has done so far with respect to the investigation of Senator Shehu Sani is within the ambit of the law. It is in line with international best practices.”
He also said it was standard procedure for suspects in the custody of the agency to declare their assets.
He insisted that Sani had a case to answer, adding that he was being held in “a very conducive environment based on a valid court order”.
The National Association of Nigerian Students has called for the arrest of Dauda “who is the self-confessed giver in this case,” stressing that “both the giver and the receiver have committed crimes against the laws of the land”.
The Senate President of NANS, Gambo Abubakar, in a statement, asked the EFCC to arrest the car dealer without delay.
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