By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja
Proceedings had been stalled on Thursday within the felony trial of Senator Shehu Sani owing to the prosecution’s incapacity to retrieve an important exhibit from the custody of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN).
Sani is standing trial earlier than the court docket on a two-count cost filed towards him by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
The EFCC alleged that Sani engaged in name-dropping and acquiring $25,000.00 from Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors, Kaduna, beneath a false pretence that he would use the cash to bribe the Appearing Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to protect Dauda from EFCC’s investigation and immediate the fee to arrest and prosecute one Abubakar Musa, who’s having a difficulty with Dauda.
On the point out of the case on Thursday, the prosecutor, Abba Mohammed stated, although his ninth witness was in court docket with about 95 per cent of the displays required, he could be unable to conclude with the witness.
Mohammed stated the $25,000, which Sani allegedly collected from Dauda beneath false pretence, however later refunded, is being stored on the CBN as exhibit.
The prosecutor stated he was unable to retrieve the cash the day past for the aim of tendering it as an exhibit by means of his ninth witness.
“I’ve my witness in court docket, however I used to be not capable of retrieve the financial exhibit, which is being stored with the CBN.
“I’ve 95 per cent of the displays I must tender by means of this witnesses. The one constraint is the cash, the $25,000 which is with the CBN,” Mohammed stated.
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Following the prosecutor’s submission, defence lawyer, Abdul Ibrahim (SAN) stated he was conscious of Mohammed’s predicament.
Upon the settlement by legal professionals to each events for an. adjournment, Justice Inyang Ekwo proceeded to adjourned until October 19 for continuation of trial.
On Wednesday, Dauda’s son, Mohammed, whereas testifying because the seventh prosecution witness, gave particulars of how audio and video recordings had been manufactured from the interactions between Sani (erstwhile Kaduna Central Senator) and Dauda, who accused Sani of acquiring $25,000 from him beneath false pretence.
Mohammed stated the day Sani knowledgeable his father that he would return the cash, his father known as him to arrange a recording machine, as suggested by the EFCC.
“On that day, he (Sani) got here to satisfy my father in his workplace right here in Abuja. Earlier than he went into the workplace, I set a recorder in my dad’s room and left to my very own residence.
“After he (Sani) had left, my dad known as me to point out him how one can cease the recording machine and I got here and confirmed him.”
“Within the recording, he (Sani) got here to beg. My dad instructed me what transpired when he got here, that he was begging him to not disclose the case and to do no matter he may to forgive him. My dad then instructed him that the case was already with the EFCC and that he (Sani) had already been invited.
“On both December 26 or 27, 2019, the senator got here to my father’s home in Kaduna. Once I heard he was coming, my dad requested me to arrange the recording machine once more. I set it up and left.”