Former Chairman of the Economic and Chairman Financial Crime Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday, reiterated the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha wasn’t involved in the Halliburton bribery scandal.
Ribadu, who said this during an interview with Premium Times, noted that the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the case was an impostor who used the name of Buhari to achieve her nefarious goal.
Ribadu explained how he worked with the US government to arrest the impostor, but his tenure came to an end and he had to leave the commission.
“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.”
The former anti-graft boss said it was easy to establish her real identity if Nigerian authorities were interested in capturing her.
Ribadu noted that the impostor recently renewed her passport at the Nigerian embassy in Washington, US, and that her file should still be available.
Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had in a statement said that the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, was involved in the bribery scandal that led to the arrest and conviction of a US congressman, William Jefferson.