The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Friday, called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release former Kaduna lawmaker, Shehu Sani, with immediate effect.
The former senator was earlier this week detained by the commission over alleged extortion.
The group, while reacting to the arrest, called on EFCC to charge Sani with a recognizable criminal offence rather than prolong his detention.
They noted that the continued detention of the politician without charge was against the principle of being innocent until proven guilty.
“EFCC should immediately release activist Shehu Sani detained on allegations of extortion or charge him with a recognizable criminal offense.
“By prolonging his detention without charge or trial, Mr Sani is being treated like a convicted criminal, in violation of national and international law.
“The continued detention of Mr Sani without charge is against the principle of being innocent until proven guilty.
“The EFCC should promptly investigate any allegations against Mr Sani and release him on bail pending the conclusion of any such investigation.”