Bribery: EFCC fails to produce evidence against Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani

The Federal High Court Abuja has adjourned the trial of Senator Shehu Sani until October 19 to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) produce a vital exhibit in the matter.

Prosecuting counsel, Abba Mohammed, at the resumed trial on Thursday, told the court that his ninth witness was in court but that he did not have an essential exhibit he was to tender in evidence.

“I have a witness in court and I am ready to proceed but I can only open with the witness and will not be able to conclude his evidence,” Mr Mohammed said.

“This is because the witness told me that the monetary exhibit of $25,000 has been taken from the EFCC custody to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safety which is in line with world best practices.”

Mohammed prayed the court for adjournment to enable him retrieve the money from the CBN to tender as an exhibit in court.

Justice Inyang Ekwo then said he would not allow a witness give piecemeal evidence and adjourned the matter until October 19 to 22 for continuation.

Sani is accused of bribery and advanced fee fraud.

The EFCC slammed a two-count charge on Sani bordering on name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining the sum of $25,000 from the chairman of ASD Motors, Sani Dauda, under false pretence.