EFCC had earlier stated that Mr Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the last Senate, was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly “collecting $25,000″ in the name of the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
But on Tuesday, the anti-graft agency said Senator Sani is being prosecuted on a two-count criminal charge, bordering on intent to defraud and obtain the sum of USD 10,000.00 (Ten Thousand United States of America Dollars) from one Alhaji Sani Dauda, (ASD) under the false pretence, that the money was meant to bribe the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to arrest and prosecute one Abubakar Musa.
At the resumed trial today, prosecuting counsel, Abba Mohammed, presented two witnesses: Beckley Ojo and Elizabeth Muka, who are compliance officers of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).
Ojo, who is the first prosecution witness (PW1), told the court that he personally generated the statement of the beneficiary’s account and forwarded it to the EFCC. He further explained that the name of the beneficiary from the covering letter who received the sum of N3.5million, (Three million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) from Sani Dauda is Shareef Zailani Shanono.
According to him, the GTB cheque issued by Dauda was an instruction to transfer the sum of N3.5 million to Shareef Zailani Shanono.
In the same vein, second prosecution witness (PW2), Muka revealed that there was a transfer of N5million (Five Million Naira), on November 20, 2019, which was carried out from the account of Dauda to one Abubakar Ahmed, adding that there was another N3million that was transferred to Shareef Shanono.
She further told the court that on January 23, 2020, she packaged the account opening documents, a cover memo, and other documents and sent to the EFCC as the Commission requested.
According to Sahara Reporters, when they asked each of the witnesses if Sani was the name they saw on the transactions presented before the judge, they declined, saying they didn’t know him.
The names were those of persons not identical or identified in court.
Justice Ekwo, however, adjourned the matter till tomorrow, February 26, 2020, for the continuation of trial.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK