Former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has revealed that the Aisha Buhari that was mentioned in the Halliburton bribery scandal was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of the president’s wife.
While narrating how the EFCC during his tenure in conjunction with U.S. authorities almost arrested the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari’s impostor who is indicted in the highly publicised Halliburton scandal, former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has told Premium Times his own side of the story.
“She is a different person and has lived in the U.S. for years. The EFCC was working with U.S. authority to arrest her before I left the commission. 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,” he said.
Ribadu however said if Nigerian authorities were still interested in the case it was easy to establish her real name, adding that this should not be a problem for investigators because she recently renewed her passport at the Nigeria embassy in Washington and they should still have a file on her.
Ibrahim Lamorde, Ribadu’s successor at the EFCC, had earlier said that President Buhari’s wife was not the person mentioned in the scandal as alleged by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose who had distributed a link to the U.S. Department of Justice Website holding court documents where a certain Aisha Buhari was alleged to have transferred suspicious funds to a convicted former American congressman, Williams Jefferson.
“I can tell you authoritatively that the Aisha Buhari named in that case is not President Buhari’s wife. It is another Aisha Buhari entirely.
“I was the director of operations at the EFCC at the time so I know about the case very well. I can tell you that it is not her (President Buhari’s wife). That much we established,” Mr. Lamorde said.