$25,000 extortion saga: Shehu Sani ‘recants’ innocence as EFCC provides 13 audio tapes evidence

Details emerging on the row over alleged extortion of $25,000 by Sen. Shehu Sani have it that the embattled senator has recanted his initial stance of being innocence after he was confronted with substantial evidence.

Shehu Sani was confronted with 13 audio tapes of the chats between the embattled Senator and the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has played some of the bribe chat tapes to Sen. Sani in the presence of his lawyers, Barrister Audu Mohammed Lawal, and Barrister Glory Peter.

The Senator admitted that the voice in the tapes was his but he alleged that some aspects of the recordings have been deleted.

It was the first time in four weeks that the EFCC had a breakthrough in the investigation of the Senator and it wasted no time in presenting its evidence to the suspect.

According to findings, the EFCC team met with Sani and his lawyers on Wednesday where the 13 audio tapes were made available to prove that there was a bribe deal.

But the session could only go through five tapes when Sani allegedly “recanted.”

An authoritative source who witnessed the session gave further insights into what transpired at the session between the EFCC detectives, Sani and his lawyers.

The source told the Nation: “In the voice recording, Shehu Sani could be heard in Hausa language pleading with the complainant that he should do everything to make sure they resolve the issue because of their reputation.

“He was quoted as saying in one of the tapes as follows: ‘You have a family and I have a family; think of the way people will see the matter even though it is not public money’, he was alleged to have pleaded in Hausa.

The acting Head of Media, EFCC, Tony Orilade, said: “All I can say is that the investigation of Senator Shehu Sani is ongoing and he would soon be charged to court.”

In a leak from his detention cell, the embattled Senator has insisted that he is innocent of the allegation of extortion of $25,000.

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