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‘Sani returned my $25,000 and begged’

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A former Chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Limited in Kaduna, Alhaji Sani Dauda, gave details on Tuesday of how erstwhile Kaduna Central Senator Shehu Sani returned the $25,000 he allegedly took from him under false pretence and begged for forgiveness.

Dauda said Sani had collected the money from him in November 2019 on the pretext that the $25,000 was needed to bribe four judges and a prosecutor with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intervene in some cases involving him (Dauda) and another person identified simply as Abubakar.

The businessman spoke at the resumption of his testimony as the sixth prosecution witness in the trial of Senator Sani before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The erstwhile senator is facing a two-count charge bordering on obtaining under false pretence and fraud.   Dauda, who was led in evidence by an EFCC prosecutor, Abba Mohammed, spoke in Hausa, which was interpreted to English by a court official.

The businessman, who said he is the Chairman of ASD Group of Companies, had told the court on Monday that after the police arrested him last November, Sani told him that he met with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who allegedly promised to intervene and had spoken to the judges, who would be paid N1 million.

He added that Sani also told him about a case involving his in-law, Abubakar, in the EFCC and that officials of the commission would also be paid N1 million.

According to him, he had resisted making the payment but later succumbed after pressure from Sani, who he said he gave $25,000, the equivalent of N5 million.

“As I said yesterday (Monday), when Abubakar (the bureau de change operator) brought the money, and we added it, it was $15,000. I handed it to him (Sani) to count. He said no problem. He put it in an envelope and went out of the house.”

The witness said Sani later came to him to claim that he was a friend of Acting EFCC Chairman and that he could convince him (Magu) to help with the case in the commission.

He said Sani then volunteered to call Magu in his presence so that he could talk with the EFCC boss.

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