Shehu Sani Arraigned in Court for Bribery, Granted N10m Bail

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SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 27 – A federal high court in Abuja has granted N10m bail to Shehu Sani, former senator representing Kaduna central.

Sani was arraigned on Monday on a two-count charge of bribery.

Moving the bail application, Abdul Ibrahim, Sani’s counsel, asked the court to grant bail to his client. He said the defendant would not interfere with the witnesses that would be called in the case.

He also asked the court to consider that the defendant would need to take care of his family, businesses and prepare adequately for trial.

Opposing the application, Abba Mohammed, the prosecution, said there is a chance that the former senator would interfere with witnesses in the case. He asked the court to refuse the bail request.

Inyang Ekwo, the judge, said the prosecution did not show good reasons why the defendant should not be admitted to bail.

Besides the N10m bail bond, the judge asked Sani to produce a surety who has landed property that is worth the bail sum. The registrar of the court is to verify the authenticity of the landed property.

He ordered the defendant to submit his international passport to the court. According to the judge, Sani must not travel outside Nigeria without obtaining permission from the court.

The case was adjourned till February 24 for commencement of trial.

Sani, who has been in the custody of the EFCC since December when he was arrested, pleaded “not guilty” to a two-count charge of bribery.

According to the charges, the former senator allegedly collected $15,000 from one Sani Dauda under false pretence on November 20, 2019, promising to give Ibrahim Muhammad, the chief justice of Nigeria, in other to influence some pending cases in court.

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

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