Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju
The Department of State Services has detained Mr Baban-Inna, who is the Aide De Camp to the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, over an allegation of N2.5bn fraud.
The spokesman for the DSS, Mr Nnochirionye Afunanya, told one of our correspondents that the case was handed over to the agency by the police authorities.
“His case was handed over by the police and investigation is ongoing,” he said.
Aisha was said to have alleged that Baban-Inna received huge donations from politicians and businessmen and women on her behalf and refused to hand them over to her.
She was, therefore, said to have urged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and compel Mr Baban-Inna to refund the money, estimated at N2.5bn.
Our correspondent gathered that the DSS had set up a team of investigators to unravel the case.
It was also gathered that the team had asked for the bank accounts of the police officer and that of his wife, and would also visit his house.
Investigations by our correspondent showed that the DSS would not be treating the matter with levity.
I have no hand in my ADC’s detention —Aisha Buhari
But the wife of President on Tuesday said that she had no hand in the arrest and detention of her ADC
In a statement issued on her behalf by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, the wife of the President said Baban-Inna, a Chief Superintendent of Police, was arrested by the police for using his position as her ADC to dupe people.
Mrs Buhari, who is currently on a trip with her husband to the United States, said Baban-Inna had been his ADC since 2016 but was surprised that he had defrauded unsuspecting associates and officials “as initial investigations have shown.”
She denied ever sending any of her staff members “to collect any favour on her behalf or on behalf of her children and will never do so” and urged whoever had been allegedly defrauded by Baban-Inna to get across to him to retrieve whatever he took from them.
The statement read, “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 over allegations of fraud.
“The story as it pertains to her ADC, Chief Superintendent of Police 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 an 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.
“The Nigeria Police Force, his employers, arrested him to investigate the allegations levelled 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 behaviour by any of her staff.”
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