The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the continued detention of Shehu Sani, a fierce critic of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Diran Odeyemi, said this in an interview with the Punch, describing the continued detention of Sani without arraignment as regrettable.
According to him, this meant that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had yet to finalise its investigation against the who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019.
He urged the commission to accord Sani all his rights under the law, stressing that the senator remained an accused person and should be treated as an innocent person until otherwise proved.
“Senator Shehu Sani ought to be accorded all the rights availed him by our law such as immediate arraignment to avail him of the opportunity to state his case and establish his innocence.
“A professional body such as the EFCC ought to stop placing the cart before the horse. The accepted standard for such operations is to investigate first, then prosecute with the materials gathered over time,” Odeyemi said.
Meanwhile, EFCC operatives on Wednesday searched two houses and an office of the embattled Sani in Abuja.
It is understood to be part of the ongoing probe of the former lawmaker for alleged extortion of $24,000 from the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.
A Chief Magistrate’s Court reportedly authorised the search.