The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, have both refuted the allegations by Bauchi Central Sen. Isah Misau, that Idris gifted Buhari with two Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for her personal affairs.
Misau had made the claim while appearing before a Senate committee on Wednesday.
In denying the claims, Aisha Buhari, in a statement via her Twitter account, stated that “I am still using my personal cars.”
The denial by the police: In a similar vein, the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force have stated that the cars were given to the President’s wife for security reasons.
The Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, described the allegations by Misau as “baseless, untrue and done in bad faith to misinform and mislead the Public.”
According to the police:
- At no time did Aisha Buhari request directly or indirectly for vehicles for her use from the Inspector General of Police “and no vehicle whether Jeep or SUV has ever been given for her personal use.”
- The Police IGP is empowered by law to deploy and control the entire Operations of the Force “including allocation of Police vehicles for operational use throughout the country.”
- It is within the powers of the Inspector General of Police when on the 17th January, 2017, SP Sani M Baba –Inna, the ADC “Wife of the President” Federal Republic of Nigeria requested for two vehicles for Police Personnel in the convoy of Wife of the President for convoy movement and security purposes to give the cars.
- Two Police Vehicles (i) A Toyota Sienna Bus with Reg. No. NPF 2406D (ii) A Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg. No. NPF 3363D were approved by the Inspector General of Police to the ADC ‘Wife of the President’ SP Sani M Baba –Inna for the purposes requested and not to the person of the Wife of the President or for her personal use as alleged by Misau,.