Updated: February 26, 2021
One of Nigeria’s most prominent activists, Shehu Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Central, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the agency confirmed on Tuesday.
“He is now being quizzed in our Jabi headquarters in Abuja”, PMNEWS, a local Nigerian newspaper which operates from the commercial city of Lagos, quoted a reliable source as saying.
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The sudden corruption allegation against Sani is likely to surprise many Nigerians, and reinforce the widespread belief that President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator-turned democrat, who is finding it hard to adapt to civilian life, with rule of law and separation of powers between the three branches of government, is bent on crushing activists and opposition voices in Africa’s most populous country, especially someone like Shehu Sani who has been at loggerheads with Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, an ally of Buhari whose state watched silently as hundreds of rival Shi’ite Muslims were massacred by Mr. Buhari’s army in 2015.
The arrest of Sani comes just a week after New Jersey-based activist, politician and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, was released on bail, following months of refusals by the Buhari administration to release him on bail as ordered by the court, after he was arrested in August 2019 for organization a social revolution in a native Nigeria, a country blessed with human and natural resources, but crushed by gargantuan corruption and official theft.