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EFCC secures additional 2weeks extension to detain Shehu Sani 

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By Simon Ujah,  Kaduna

Civil rights activist and ex- lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has challenged his continuous detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, without trial in the court, describing it as a gross violation, unlawful and infringement on his fundamental rights.
Senator Sani, has dragged the EFCC and Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda who accused him of extortion to the Federal High Court, Abuja where an original motion to enforce the fundamental rights of the Senator was heard on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Senator Sani, Suleiman Ahmed said Tuesday, that the case came for mention in the court, but was adjourned to Wednesday.
This against the backdrop that EFCC said that it has secured an extension of another 2 weeks for the detention of the Senator to enable the agency investigate him further on the extortion allegation brought by Alhaji Dauda, according to Ahmed.
Ahmed, however faulted the EFCC extension order, saying that “the offence preferred against Shehu Sani is a bailable one and more so, that ASD himself has called for the statement he wrote against Shehu Sani, saying there were errors because it was his son that wrote it”.
Meanwhile, in the suit brought by Sani’s counsel, Abdul Ibrahim (SAN) before the court, he said that the detention of the Senator by the EFCC ” without charging the Applicant to a court of competent Jurisdiction within FCT, Abuja is wrongful, unlawful, degrading.
oppressive, null and void and thus constitute infringements of the

Applicant’s fundamental right to personal liberty enshrined under Section 35 (5) and (6) of the Constitution”.

Sani’s lawyer sought for the declaration of the High Court in the originating motion “that the attempt by the 1″ Respondent’s officers (EFCC) to,
force the Applicant to carry a bill board with the inscription of the alleged offence of misrepresentation and obtaining money by false
pretence and surrounding the Applicant with photographers for the purposes of publishing the Applicant’s person and media publicity is
contrary to Section 34(1) and 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
” A declaration that by virtue of section 34(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Respondent lacks the vires to
attempt to publish or publishing the Applicant with a bill board purportedly stating the alleged offence is tantamount to criminalizing
the Applicant as a criminal when at all times, he is constitutionally presumed to be innocent except upon a conviction by a court of law.”
Senator Sani’s counsel further asked for “an order of court admitting to Applicant (Sani) to bail pending any further investigation that the 1″ Respondent may likely carry.out.” An order of court restraining the Respondents from disturbing, interfering, threatening, or tempering with the Applicant’s right to liberty or through further threat of invitation, arrest, detention,
embarrassment and unnecessary interrogation or in any other way or manner whatsoever.”
Ibrahim (SAN) also sought payment of the sum of N100 MIllion Naira to be paid jointly
or severally by the Respondents as damages for the various infractions of the Applicant fundamental human rights. End
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