A scandalous scene broke out at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) on Monday, after a fraud suspect paraded by the secret police indicted top associates of President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha.
During a press event to parade Amina Mohammed on Monday afternoon, SSS accused the woman, dark in complexion and about middle-age, of gaining unauthorized entries into the Presidential Villa over a period of time, during which she impersonated top government officials, including once identifying herself as the first lady of Kogi State.
Ms. Mohammed, whose origin was not immediately learnt, had multiple access to the residence of First Lady Aisha Buhari, SSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya said at the presser.
Using her seemingly unrestrained access to the State House and several cover names, including Justina Oluoha and Amina Villa, Ms. Mohammed was then able to cozy-up to persons close to power, including Alexander ‘Chicason’ Okafor, whom she allegedly duped of up to N150 million in November 2017.
The fleece came in a deal which Ms Mohammed and Mr Okafor had on a government property that was placed on sale by the Presidential Implementation Committee on Lease of Federal Government Properties.
Ms Mohammed’s “unholy enterprise is not to the knowledge” of Ms Buhari, the SSS concluded following its investigation.
Although Ms Mohammed did not immediately deny SSS’ claims she obtained N150 million from Mr Okafor, the billionaire chairman of Chicason Group, a major logistics and oil and gas firm with dual-headquarters in Lagos and Abuja, she pleaded with Nigerians to ensure she does not suffer the consequences alone.
Ms Mohammed specifically mentioned she worked closely with Moriyatu, a sister of Mrs Buhari, and Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was fired for fraudulent diversion of funds meant for Nigeria’s internally-displaced victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
Ms Mohammed said Mr Okafor has been buying government properties for a long time, and he knew he had to bribe officials in order to be shortlisted as a potential buyer of an advertised property.
However, when Amina was about to be paraded before journalists, she refused to face the camera; she started crying and raining curses on the First Lady. She said Maryatu, Aisha Buhari’s sister, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal were involved in the racket.
“Your sisters are involved in this business. It is not true; I cannot be a fraudster. I cannot accept this allegation. Former SGF Babachir is involved in this fraud. Maryatu, your sister, is involved in this fraud.
“Chicason has been buying government property and he has been doing it. All the directors who collected bribes before bidding would be out. Chikason knows the process. Entering villa is not just by fraud but Maryatu, the First Lady’s sister, is involved.”
When asked if the DSS would investigate those indicted in the matter, Afunaya said that investigations were ongoing on the matter.