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Former SGF, Babacir, denies involvement in scam allegation

Former SGF, Babacir, denies involvement in scam allegation

– Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babacir Lawal has distanced himself from the allegation of scam involving one Amina Mohammed arrested in Abuja.

Lawal said on Thursday in Yola that he had briefed his lawyers on the development for legal action against her.

“My attention was drawn to a confessional statement made by one Amina Mohammed who was paraded together with several other persons recently by DSS operatives in connection with some alleged criminal offenses.

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“In the said confessional statement which has since gone viral in the mass and social media platforms,the said suspect in a desperate effort to shield herself from the consequences of her actions mentioned my name and that of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari as co-conspirators in the alleged crimes.

“I wish to state very clearly and unequivocally here that I do not know and have never had any dealings whatsoever with the said Amina Mohammed or any of her partners in crime.

“I also do not know one Maryatu said to be a sister to Mrs Buhari or anyone called Chicason whom she also mentioned.

“I have never been interested in property business and have no dealings with sale of Federal Government properties anywhere in Nigeria,” he said

Lawan said that the publications on the allegation by Amina has caused him and members of his family embarrassment as intended by Amina and her sponsors.

He said that he had instructed his lawyers to institute legal action against Amina and anyone involved if the offending statement is not publicly retracted with apology.

“In the meantime, I urge the general public to be rest assured that the said statement is malicious and false and to discountenance same,” Lawal said. (NAN)

The wife of the President, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari yesterday denied having anything to do with two suspects over fraud allegations with the Department of State Service, saying that she has nothing whatsoever to do with them.

One Mariyatu under arrest by the DSS had claimed to be the sister of the First Lady, while Amina Mohammed was alleged to be an associate to the wife of the President.

But in a statement by the Director of Information, Office of the Wife of the President, State House Abuja, Suleiman Haruna, Dr. Aisha Buhari denied the allegation of running business in her office, saying that anyone that claimed to be running business in her office was doing that at the person’s risk.

The statement read, “Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has been following events related to investigation of a fraud suspect by the Department of State Services (DSS), and wishes to dissociate herself from all the individuals involved in the stated fraud case.

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“She wishes to state categorically that Mariyatu is NOT her SISTER and the so called Amina Mohammed is not and was NEVER her ASSOCIATE and is therefore not in a position to transact any business in her name or that of her office.

“She wishes to further state that she does not run businesses in her office, therefore whoever does business with anyone in her name will be doing so at his/her own risk.

“As for staff of her office, she wishes to state that anyone found to be engaged in fraudulent dealings, will face the full wrath of the law.”

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