A former member representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Shehu Sani, has accused officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of breaching his fundamental human rights during his 30-day incarceration .
Sani, in a statement on Saturday , said apart from searching his houses and offices, the EFCC agents also forced him to declare his assets .
The rights activist also said they tried to subject him to polygraph lie detector tests , blocked his accounts , seized his phone and kept him in the underground cell of the agency for 30 days .
While pledging to abide by the bail conditions , Sani urged Nigerians to disregard the “ lies against him by the EFCC spokesperson ” .
The statement read in part , “ My incarceration for 30 days in the jail of the EFCC was unfair , unjust and a clear breach of my fundamental rights and hence stands condemned . During my unjust stay in the EFCC cell , I was subjected to traumatising interrogations ; my houses and offices where searched .
“ They compelled me to declare my assets , they tried to subject me to polygraph lie detector tests, my accounts were blocked , and my phone was seized , all in the name of fictional $ 24 , 000 or $ 25, 000 extortion .
“ Any Information planted in the media by the EFCC spokesperson while I was in their custody about me is outright false and nothing but bacterial and fungal infested concoctions , typical of their style . ”
Sani said the country would continue to be at the bottom strata of the Transparency International index as long as it anti-graft agencies “ only use their might and arsenal to crush ants while lacking the courage , the heart and the liver to confront the snakes , the vultures and the hyenas of the ruling establishment” .
He added, “ They can frame me , detain me but can ’ t silent me . I shall abide by all the conditions of my bail and appreciate the courage , compassion and wisdom of the court in granting me the bail .
“ In an ideal democratic state, all agencies of the government are obliged to operate within the dictates and the ambit of the rule of law or the nation leaps into tyranny .
“ The rule book of ( Joseph ) Stalin , the manual of ( Adolf ) Hitler or road map of ( Benito ) Mussolini should not be the guidance and the compass of the nation ’ s security and anti -corruption agencies in their quest to sanitise our country. ”