After an in-depth investigation into the the alleged bribery scandal involving the First Lady of Nigeria, SaharaReporters has discovered that the perpetrator is not Mrs Buhari, the wife of the President of Nigeria.
Furthermore, they have gone ahead to publish the results of the findings into years of criminal activity by the person who pretended to be the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The origin of the claims linking the present First Lady with the $170,000 transaction emanated from a sentencing memorandum concerning Mr. Jefferson, a United States lawmaker, who was convicted of corruption in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
In the memorandum, it was stated that the money was transferred to Mr. Jefferson from a Nigerian bank account in the name of Aisha Buhari.
New York Times reporter Barry Meier who published an elaborate report on the issue in 2007 revealed that the self-proclaimed wife of President Muhammadu Buhari who lives in Virginia earlier pretended to be his daughter and was involved in a series of illegal acts.
Investigations revealed the involvement of Aisha Buhari’s impostor in not less than six legal cases in the Fairfax County General District Court. The earliest date of these cases in the registry is October 19, 2012, with the most recent heard on March 31, 2016. Most of these cases involve debts or wage garnishment.
To further prove that Nigeria’s First Lady is innocent of the bribery allegation, the reporters revealed that one of the cases which was heard on December 3, 2015, was appealed by a defendant named Aisha M. Buhari at a time when the real Aisha Buhari was clearly in Nigeria.
Giving a detailed report of the investigation and findings, SaharaReporters wrote:
“During the course of our investigation, we found that a property was sold on June 27, 2014 by Aisha Buhari to one Chiagozia Agbarakwe for $380,000. Evidence shows that that Aisha Buhari purchased the property in 2013 for the sum of $335,000, putting her in Fairfax County, Virginia, during that period.”
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“In addition to court evidence, property records, and a list of known addresses belonging to an Aisha Buhari living in the United States, the New York Times in 2007 photographed the Aisha Buhari, who claimed to be the daughter of then General Muhammadu Buhari.
“SaharaReporters has also obtained a copy of Aisha Buhari’s Nigerian International Passport, which shares the same profile as the photograph published in the New York Times, but she clearly looks nothing like the First Lady Aisha Buhari.
Sahara Reporters contacted many of the aggrieved individuals who filed legal cases against Aisha Buhari, or their legal counsel, but none wanted to go on record due to the sensitive nature of their legal proceedings. Several of them did, however, confirm that Aisha Buhari was in the United States during the time her alleged activity took place.”
Although the impostor of Mrs Buhari, mentioned in the bribery scandal involving a U.S. congressman, Williams Jefferson, has been revealed before now, the purpose of the investigation I believe, is to quell any doubt which may still be in the hearts of Nigerians.