The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has denied having anything to do with embattled former senator Shehu Sani, who the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is investigating for alleged extortion.
Sani’s ordeal followed on from a petition against him to the EFCC, by the owner of ASDA Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.
Dauda accused the ex-senator, who represented Kaduna Central in the Red Chamber in the 8th National Assembly of extorting $20,000 from him under the guise of having a rapport with Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and would intervene on his behalf regarding an issue he has with the anti-graft agency.
He also claimed he gave N4m to the senator on demand for onward transmission to the CJN and four other judges to influence some pending cases in court.
Justice Tanko Muhammad in a rebuttal by the Supreme Court’s Director, Press and Information, Dr Festus Akande, denied receiving any money of such from Sani adding that he has never met the senator in person in his entire life.
“Justice Tanko Muhammad has never, in his entire life, seen or had any form of encounter or interaction, 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.
“Let it be known that if the statement credited to Shehu Sani was actually made by him, it is simply a blatant lie,” the statement read.