/ 06 Jan, 2020 - 10:04 / 92
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Muhammad has dissociated himself from the case of former Senator, Shehu Sani who is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged extortion.
LIB reported earlier that the Kaduna central senatorial district lawmaker was accused of asking Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors for money to influence the outcome of his (Dauda) court cases using his connection with the CJN and some other judges.
However in statement released on Sunday January 5, Muhammad disclosed that he has never met Sani as he denied having a link to the case. The CJN also vowed to make sure perpetrators of “such falsehood” never get away with it.
The statement reads in part;
“Our attention has been drawn to the story making the round in some national dailies where it was reported that Senator Shehu Sani allegedly approached Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors and purportedly demanded for the sum of N4, 000,000 to give to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Dr Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, to settle some unnamed four Judges over a case he (Shehu Sani) allegedly claimed won’t see the light of the day,” the CJN said in a statement which Festus Akande, spokesman of the supreme court, issued on his behalf.
“Let it be known that if the statement credited to Shehu Sani was actually made by him, it is simply a blatant lie, a figment of his imagination and an orchestrated falsehood immodestly concocted to malign, smear and disingenuously tarnish the good image and reputation of the CJN with a view to gaining financial reward.
“Even though the veracity of the true source of the unsubstantiated statement has not yet been ascertained to know if it was really from the former Senator, it is, however imperative to keep the records straight by letting the public know that Justice Tanko Muhammad has never, in his entire life, seen or had any form of encounter or interactions, either directly or remotely with Shehu Sani, let alone giving him assurances of what is not only unethical but equally despicable and inglorious, to say the least.
“The outcome of the ongoing investigations will determine the next line of action to be taken regarding the flagrant defamation of the character of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.”