A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, January 27; granted bail at N10m to a former Senator, Shehu Sani.
This was after he was arraigned on a two-count charge of fraud brought against him; by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who granted the bail application by Shehu Sani; said he must produce a surety, who will sign a bond of the same amount and who must own a landed property worth N10million within Abuja.
The senator was also mandated to deposit his international passport; and must only travel outside the country with the permission of the court.
The case was, however, adjourned till February 24, 25 and 26 for trial.
Shehu Sani, during the hearing, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
According to the charge, Sani allegedly collected $15,000 from a businessman; Sani Dauda under false pretence on November 20, 2019, promising to give the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN); Tanko Mohammed, in order to influence some pending cases in court.
He also allegedly collected $10,000 from Mr Dauda to bribe the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
Excerpt from the charge reads: “That you Shehu Sani on or about the 29th of November, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court; with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of USD 10,000.00 (Ten Thousand United States of America Dollars) cash from Alhaji Sani Dauda (ASD); under the false pretence that the money was meant to bribe the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu to arrest and prosecute one Abubakar Musa; which representation you knew to be false, contrary to and punishable under Section 1(1) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14 of 2006.”