The Federal Excessive Court docket on Monday continued with the listening to of the alleged $25,000 case towards former Senator and social critic, Shehu Sani.
The thrust of the Monday’s listening to earlier than Justice Inyang Ekwo was on the audio dialog between Senator Shehu Sani and Alhaji Sani Dauda, proprietor of ASD motors who’s the complainant.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) lawyer, Ekele Iheanacho after addressing the court docket, launched the prosecution
witness 10 and a employees of the anti-graft company, Bako Aliyu.
On the directive of the presiding Decide, EFCC’s prosecution witness performed the audio dialog between the defendant (Shehu Sani) and the complainant (Alhaji Sani Dauda) which lasted for about 20 minutes.
The EFCC lawyer and the prosecution witness claimed that the dialog has been translated into English Language and when requested to play, they couldn’t as a result of technical hitches.
However Counsel to the defendant, A.A. Ibrahim (SAN) cross-examined the EFCC’s prosecution witness, stating that the $25,000 was handed over to the EFCC by the complainant (Alhaji Sani Dauda) and never his consumer, Shehu Sani.
He mentioned the dialog between Shehu Sani and Alhaji Dauda Sani within the audio, although, uncleared has no point out of $25,000 bribery allegation to indict his consumer wherever.
Whereas making reference to a proforma bill beforehand tendered as a part of proof, the defence lawyer requested if it wasn’t in relation to a transaction involving automotive purchases, for the reason that complainant is a automotive vendor.
The defence lawyer additional requested the EFCC to show the nexus between $25,000 and Shehu Sani’s request to make use of the cash to bribe the Chief Justice of the Federation and former Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
Within the sequence of questions by the defence Counsel to EFCC’s prosecution witness, he mentioned:
“When the complainant handed over the reveals to EFCC, you weren’t there.
”Are you able to rapidly inform the court docket, what’s the EFCC’s protocol for beginning investigation?
“I’m asking you, simply be straight ahead. What’s the EFCC’s protocol for beginning investigation?
Responding, EFCC’s prosecution witness submitted that investigation begins when an oral grievance is laid or a press release written.
He defined that each one petitions are addressed and submitted to EFCC Chairman’s workplace for his approval earlier than they’re assigned to investigative officers.
“When the petition is permitted, it may be assigned to any of the investigative officer,” Bako Aliyu mentioned.
The Defence Counsel additional instructed the Court docket that the EFCC obtained a written assertion from Senator Shehu at three totally different occasions together with when he was detained of their facility for 25 days, however the accused by no means admitted amassing $25,000 for bribery functions.
He mentioned the proprietor of ASD motors, Sani Dauda doesn’t have any pending case at EFCC or the previous Chief Justice of Federation have any problem that warrants amassing bribe on their behalf.
Having listened to the Counsels, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter to Tuesday, sixteenth March, 2021.