Sani Baban-Inna, the man who has served as Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, since 2016 is currently in DSS detention, accused of fraud amounting to N2.5 billion.
The wife of the president has alleged that Baban-Inna collected gifts on her behalf and then held on to them.
When the story broke, the first lady came under criticism and sarcastic comments. Now she is saying that she did not give the orders for her ADC to be arrested.
What she’s saying now:
“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,” said a statement by Aisha Buhari’s spokesperson, Suleiman Haruna.
The statement said that the first lady is dismayed that Baban-Inna used the opportunity of his association with her 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,” the statement said.