Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has said that the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the bribery scandal of a former United States congressman, William Jefferson, was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ribadu narrated how the EFCC during his tenure, in conjunction with U.S authorities, almost arrested the impostor.
“She is a different person and has lived in the U.S. for years. She is hardly in Nigeria. The EFCC was working with U.S. authorities on the investigations. One of my plans was to arrest her before I left the commission. Our suspicion then was that she was using the Buhari name for influence.
“The EFCC laid ambush to see if she would come into the country so she could be arrested. I didn’t know what happened to the plan to arrest her after I left.”
Ribadu however said if Nigerian authorities were still interested in the case it was easy to establish her real identity.
He said that this should not be a problem for investigators because she recently renewed her passport at the Nigeria embassy in Washington and that they should still have a file on her.
Ribadu’s successor at the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, had earlier told this newspaper the President Buhari’s wife was not the person mentioned in the scandal as alleged by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
Source: PREMIUM TIMES. [myad]