Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s twitter post in respect of the trial of a former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani.
The EFCC had on January 27 arraigned the former senator for fraud involving alleged extortion of $25,000 from a businessman, Alhaji Sani Dauda, who runs ASD Motors.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Sani’s lawyer, Mr Abdul Ibrahim (SAN), drew the attention of the judge to a tweet by the EFCC through its verified official twitter handle, @officialEFCC on February 25, indicating that Sani was being prosecuted in respect of $10m, whereas the charges pending before the court only indicated $25,000.
EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Abba Mohammed, said he was not aware of the post, maintaining that the allegation by the defence was an attempt to “instigate the court against the prosecution.”
Responding, Justice Ekwo said, “Parties should trust that the will of law in this matter will be achieved.
“I don’t want to be put in a position of being distracted from doing my duty.
“The records of court are public documents that can be applied for so this should not happen again.”
Earlier, the EFCC presented its third and fourth prosecution witnesses.
The third prosecution witness, Mr Remi Jones, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank, presented the account opening package and the statement of an account.
He said ASD Motors Nigeria Limited, through its account with Guaranty Trust Bank, paid N5m into the Zenith Bank account on November 20, 2019.
Under cross-examination by defence counsel, the witness said the former senator was not a beneficiary of the transaction.
The fourth prosecution witness, Mr Abubakar Ahmed, who is a bureau de change operator, testified on how one Mohammed Sani, a son of the petitioner, Sani Dauda, brought to him a GTB cheque of $13,930 on November 20, 2019.
Under cross-examination, Ahmed said he had never met Shehu Sani apart from seeing him on the television.
Justice Ekwo adjourned further proceedings till May 4, 5 and 6.