The Department of State Services (ADC) has detained Sani Baban-Inna, who was aide de camp (ADC) to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, over allegation of N2.5bn fraud.
Mr Baban-Inna was arrested by the police and handed over to the DSS.
Mrs Buhari said she had no hand in the arrest and detention of her ADC
In a statement issued by her spokesman, Suleiman Haruna, on Tuesday, Mrs Buhari 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 her 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 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 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.”