The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has said the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the bribery scandal of a former United States congressman, William Jefferson, was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had stoked controversy on Monday when he alleged that the wife of the president was mentioned as having wired the sum of $170,000 to the convicted congressman.
While the Presidency dismissed the allegation as “shameless and blatant distortion of facts”, the immediate past chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, confirmed that the wife of the president was not the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the bribery scandal.
In a follow-up statement on Wednesday, Gov. Fayose stood his grounds, daring Mrs. Buhari to travel to the U.S to prove her innocence.
But Mr. Ribadu, who was the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 governorship elections in Adamawa State, narrated how the EFCC during his tenure, in conjunction with U.S. authorities, almost arrested the impostor.
“She is a different person and has lived in the U.S. for years. She is hardly in Nigeria. The EFCC was working with U.S. authorities on the investigations. One of my plans was to arrest her before I left the commission. Our suspicion then was that she was using the Buhari name for influence.
“The EFCC laid ambush to see if she would come into the country so she could be arrested. I didn’t know what happened to the plan to arrest her after I left”, he said.
The former anti-corruption czar, however, said if Nigerian authorities were still interested in the case, it was easy to establish her real identity.
According to Ribadu, identifying the impostor should not be a problem for investigators because she recently renewed her passport at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, which should still have a file on her.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
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