WAR OF POWER: Outspoken APC Senator, Shehu Sani, Lands In Deep Trouble, As APC Goes On A Deadly Revenge Mission

By Post Nigeria October 30, 2017 08:02

WAR OF POWER: Outspoken APC Senator, Shehu Sani, Lands In Deep Trouble, As APC Goes On A Deadly Revenge Mission

Emerging report has revealed that Security Agencies are turning over files on an alleged $25 million cash-for-loan scandal rocking the Senate’s Local and Foreign Loans Committee, led by Senator Shehu Sani.

It was learnt that the Department of State Security Services, DSS, and the Police, have swung into action.

The specific approvals being investigated are loan requests by Borno and Niger States, and specific demands allegedly made by the Committee.

Following the discoveries made from Borno and Niger, the investigating team decided to beam its searchlight on loan requests from other States.

The Vice President, Yemi Osi­nbajo, had as Acting President, forwarded the requests of the States to the National Assembly for approval, as required by law.

Osinbajo had forwarded to the National Assembly in June 2017, a $1.5 billion loan request with part of the benefiting States including: Kaduna ($350 million), Ebonyi ($70 million), Kano ($200 million), and Katsina ($110 mil­lion).

A part of the investigations is to find out how foul water allegedly passed under the bridge, when some elements in the Sen­ate Committee reportedly asked for $20 million from the insur­gency-battered Borno State, and $5 million from Niger State, in order to have their respective loan requests approved.

A source claimed that the interest on this investigation may have been triggered, because Senator Sani, though a leading member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has remained a strident critic of the Federal Government, the Kaduna State Government, and the APC national leadership.

He chaired the Senate Com­mittee which investigated the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. David Lawal.

He has var­iously described the Presidency as fighting the war on corruption with kid-gloves, applying “deo­dorant” when corruption entan­gles a key member of the Buha­ri government, and “insecticide” when personalities from the other arms of government or the opposition, are under investigation.

Due to the national economic crisis, several States are seeking foreign loans out of the problem which thus created the opportunity for “deals” for the Senate Lo­cal and Foreign Loans Commit­tee, according to the sources.

“The Committee in the main, is saddled with the constitutional responsibility to scrutinise such loan requests and make appropriate recommendations to the full Senate in session for approval, before the Federal Government guarantees such foreign loans. The conditions that have to be met are tight. It is these tough conditions that the Committee has cashed in on, which prompted the recourse to demand bribes”, one of the sources stated.

Only last week, Senator She­hu Sani had urged President Mu­hammadu Buhari to include cor­rupt APC members on the list of looters to be published.

Sani wrote on his Facebook wall: “The Federal Government’s decision to publish the names of looters is commendable. Hope the ‘call-up’ list will not be limited to the ageing ‘Umbrella United’ play­ers, but will include those in the ‘Broomers FC’ and ‘Paris Saint Germain’ and ‘Dynamo Cabal FC’ players.”

Competent sources have added that Senator She­hu Sani, who has been a pain in the neck of the “cabal”, may have walked into a trap set for him, due to his strident criticisms.

From facts gathered, the loan request for Borno State is meant to take care of Internally Dis­placed Persons, IDPs, and the rebuilding of the State that was devastated by Boko Haram.

Apart from the Borno and Niger issues, the embattled Sena­tor had according to sources, allegedly sent a top-ranking Sen­ator to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, to ask for “settlement” before the “$350 million foreign loan counterpart the State’s budget, could be approved.

According to information obtained from top Presidency sources, Sani’s sole request was that: “Governor El-Rufai should guarantee me a return ticket and his loan request will be approved”, contrary to his position that he is opposed to the loan for fears that Kaduna State was not in a position to repay.

Governor El-Rufai, as a Min­isterial nominee, during the Olusegun Obasanjo adminis­tration, had squealed on Senators for demanding money to facilitate his clearance.

The World Bank, on 20th June, 2017, approved a $350  million budget support facility for Kaduna State to fund critical projects. To draw from the money, the State must secure National Assembly’s approval before the Federal Government could guarantee the borrowing plan.

The request is gathering dust at the Local and Foreign Loans Committee.

Last week, some women had demonstrated against Sen­ator Sani, accusing him of using his position to frustrate the State Government.

A text message was sent to Senator Shehu Sani on the matter, which he did not respond to.

In his reply, an Aide to the Senator, named Sule, said: “Please give him a little while, he is at an event. The phone is not close to him, I will notify him.”

However, at the time of filing this report, Senator Sani had not responded to any of the questions asked.

 

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