The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has caused the arrest of her own Aide De Camp, after accusing him of defrauding her.
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.
According to Premium Times, Baba-Inna was arrested Friday and has remained in detention ever since, with relatives having no access to him, family members say.
It is unclear how Aisha 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.
Immediately the police received the petition from Mrs Buhari, the ADC was arrested on Friday last week and an investigation was launched.“The IG said the matter must be investigated immediately and the house of the ADC was raided.
“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,” one source told Premium Times.
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 were 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.
When Mrs Buhari was informed of the outcome of the 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.
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 Baba-Inna’s arrest by his agency.
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.”