- Aisha Buhari has denied ordering the arrest of her ADC
- The First Lady clarified that police conducted an independent investigation
- It was alleged that the ADC was using his position to defraud unsuspecting associates
The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has denied ordering the arrest of her Aide de Camp, Sani Baban-Inna, over alleged fraud.
There has been earlier report that Aisha had ordered that her aide be arrested, but in a statement issued by her director of information, Suleiman Haruna, on Tuesday, September 25, the First Lady insisted that the police only did their job.
She said the aide has been working with her since 2016 but investigation showed he has been using his position to defraud unsuspecting associates. Aisha insisted she has no hand in the arrest.
Read the statement below:
"The attention of wife of the President, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has been drawn to some media publications and releases purporting illegal detention of her Aide De Camp (ADC) over allegations of fraud.
The story as it pertains to her ADC, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Sani Baban-Inna has it that he has been detained on the orders of Her Excellency for dropping her name and defrauding unsuspecting officials and associates. She wishes to use this opportunity to refute such allegation and to state that she has no hand in his arrest and detention.
CSP Sani Baban-Inna has been her ADC since 2016 and has been associated with her ever since. To the utter dismay of Her Excellency, he has used the opportunity to defraud unsuspecting associates and officials as initial investigations have shown.
The Nigeria Police Force, his employers arrested him to investigate the allegations leveled against him, this, being within their jurisdiction.
She therefore wishes to use this opportunity to inform the general public that she has never sent any of her staff to collect any favours on her behalf or on behalf of her children and will never do so. She is therefore imploring anyone that has been defrauded by Mr. Baban-Inna to get across to him to retrieve whatever he took from them. Mrs. Buhari wishes to reiterate that she will not condone fraudulent behavior by any of her staff.
She uses this opportunity to call on all those in positions of authority to rise above intimidation by their aides and deal with such attitudes as extortion by name-dropping, especially within the Presidency. As she always emphasizes, this government was voted into office based on the trust and confidence of the people."
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, September 23, departed Nigeria for New York ahead of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The president was accompanied by his wife, Aisha to the event.
Also among those who accompanied the president was the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
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