N2.5bn Scandal: DSS releases Aisha Buhari's ADC

Aisha Buhari

The Aide De Camp (ADC) to the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been released on Thursday by the Department of State Security (DSS). 

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

She was said to have 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.

However in another development, Mrs. Buhari said she was dismayed by the revelation from initial investigations by security operatives that have shown that CSP Baban-Inna, who has been her ADC since 2016 and has been associated with her, could use the opportunity to defraud unsuspecting associates and officials.

Mrs. Buhari in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna in Abuja, Tuesday, said that the arrest and detention of the ADC by the police was within the jurisdiction of the force.

That statement reads: “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.”

Justifying that the police acted within its powers, she said, “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.”
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