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N2.5b fraud: Aisha Buhari orders arrest of own ADC

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Aisha Buhari, First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Aisha Buhari, First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria

A scandal is brewing within the household of President Muhammadu Buhari.

His wife, Aisha, has caused the arrest of her own Aide De Camp, after accusing him of defrauding her, those familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES.

The president’s wife is alleging that Sani Baba-Inna, a chief superintendent of police, received huge donations from politicians and business people on her behalf and then kept the cash to himself.

Mrs Buhari therefore requested the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and compel Mr. Baba-Inna to refund the money, put at over N2.5billion.

The police officer was arrested Friday and has remained in detention ever since, with relatives having no access to him, family members say.

It is unclear how the president’s wife came about the allegation, but one source said another aide working for Mrs Buhari originated the claim.

An associate of the embattled police officer said Mr. Baba-Inna strongly denied the allegation, saying he received no donation from anyone on behalf of his boss.

Outcome Of Police Investigation
Immediately the police received the petition from Mrs Buhari, the ADC was arrested on Friday last week and investigation launched.

“The IG said the matter must be investigated immediately and the house of the ADC was raided,” one of our sources said. “Shockingly, investigators only found N1,200 cash in the House. His bank account was also investigated and had only a balance of N30,000 while the transaction records showed that most credits to the account were his salaries and allowances.”

The police, it was gathered, concluded that Mrs Buhari must have been wrongly informed as there was nothing to show or prove that such huge sums of money was in the custody of Mr Baba-Inna.

An associate of Mr. Baba-Inna said the police contacted those named as donors of the controversial funds but that they all denied making the donations attributed to them.

“For instance, one of those named was the IG of Police himself,” the source said. “But the IG said he has never passed any money through Baba-Inna.”

When Mrs Buhari was informed of the outcome of police investigation, the source said the first lady flared up and accused the police of colluding “to protect one of their own”.

She then reportedly asked the State Security Service (SSS) to take over the case and get her money back”.

SSS Wades In?
On the orders of the wife of the president, SSS operatives reportedly took custody of Mr Baba Inna.

However, the spokesperson for the SSS, Peter Afunanya told PREMIUM TIMES he was not aware of Mr Baba-Inna’s arrest by his agency.

“You are just telling me now, I am not aware, but if there is anything like that I will get back to you,” he said.

In the same vein, the spokesperson of the police, Jimoh Moshood, said “I am not aware.”

But Hassana, the wife of Mr Baba-Inna confirmed her husband’s arrest.

She also said she “has not been able to speak with him since he was taken away”.

-Premium Times

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BREAKING: Police Lock Down NASS

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Officers of the Nigerian Police Force have occupied the National Assembly Complex. The operatives, who have shut all entrances to the premises, prevented workers from gaining entry.

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War against terrorism: Buhari warns Amnesty International

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern that consistently damaging report of global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), over Nigeria’s war against terrorism, is dampening the morale of the nation’s military.

A presidency statement issued non Monday’s reaction to the AI’s latest report, stressed that the situation now appears as if Nigeria is also fighting terrorism was against the global organisation.

“While President Muhammadu Buhari cherishes and encourages the noble ideals on which institutions like Amnesty International are founded, the organisation’s operations in Nigeria seem geared towards damaging the morale of the Nigerian military.

“It often appears as if the Nigerian government is fighting two wars on terror: against Boko Haram and against Amnesty International”, said the statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

He declared that the “obvious bias and inaccuracies in Amnesty International’s recent country reports on Nigeria risk Amnesty’s reputation as an impartial international organisation”.

President Buhari therefore appealed to the leadership of Amnesty International to scrutinise its advocacy in Nigeria, especially as it relates to the war against terrorism.

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Buhari’s cabinat has no single economist – Atiku

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Abubakar Atiku

Abubakar Atiku


The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that there in so single economist in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos during a youth town hall meeting, Atiku in a veiled reference to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said a professor of Law is not an economist, saying the job of the vice president is to manage the economy.

Alleging the present government had failed in the management of the economy, he said: “Our President said the economy has collapsed and he told the governors that it is going to be worse. Is this the kind of government that you want to return to power again?

“Do you know that in this government, there is no single economist? So, they don’t even know how to manage economy and our lives, whether youths, the old or women or men depend on economy. If the economy is good, we will prosper individually and collectively. If the economy is bad, we all perish and they are asking you to return them to power”.

Atiku said a president who could not put together his cabinet in six months cannot empower his deputy to manage the economy.

Atiku said his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, gave him all the opportunities required to perform as vice president and head of the Economic Management Team which, he noted, enable him to introduce a number of reforms in many sectors of the economy which significantly improved the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Atiku also vowed to fulfil his pledge to concede 40 per cent of appointments in his government to youths.

He said he would galvanize the private sector to provide massive jobs for the youth and lower tax rates for private firms to generate jobs.

“I am not here to tackle individuals, but we have a professor of Law. A professor of Law is not a businessman, he is not an economist…and the job of the Vice-President in our own type of government is to help you manage the economy. So you have to take the right type of Vice-President to help you do that.”

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