Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal has reacted to allegation that he was a partaker in the fraudulent activities in the Villa one Amina Mohammed was arrested in Abuja for.
Amina had implicated the disgraced ex-SGF and one Maryatu who the suspect claimed was the first lady, Aisha Buhari’s sister.
Distancing himself from the crime, Lawal in a statement he released wrote: “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.
“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.”
Earlier, the president’s wife in a statement by the Director of Information, Office of the Wife of the President, State House Abuja, Suleiman Haruna, said she is not related to the said Maryatu and distanced herself from the scams.
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.
“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.”