Master Warrant Officer Saidu Afaka, official driver of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was recently detained by the Department of State Services after tricking his principal to sign a fraudulent document to make millions of naira is dead.
A statement by Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Afaka died at the State House Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.
Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.
The declaration examine, “President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the circle of relatives of Afaka on the passing of Master Warrant Officer, Sa’idu Afaka, his official driver, who died at the State House Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged infection.
“President Buhari, who also commiserates with the Government and those of Kaduna State, defined the overdue Afaka as an honest, capable and dependable individual who treated his task with utmost care and duty.
“The President recollects that in 2016 the soldier, at the same time as on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, picked up a bag containing a huge quantity of foreign currencies and became it over to the National Hajj Commission, an motion which earned him praises from the Saudi and Nigerian government.
“President Buhari prays Almighty Allah to 'bless the soul of the departed with an improved place in heavens,’ committing the circle of relatives and pals to divine consolation and persistence.”
Afaka’s death is coming few days after SaharaReporters exposed how he capitalised on Buhari dementia to trick him to sign a fraudulent file to make hundreds of thousands of naira.
It changed into learnt that the entire affair became but hushed up by means of the Presidency, which did no longer need some other scandal in the press.
"The fraud turned into perpetrated a few weeks in the past however it turned into sort of hushed up so that it would not leak to the click," the source said.
SaharaReporters in addition amassed that it's far generally acknowledged inside the President's circle and amongst his cupboard members that Buhari has been displaying a few symptoms along with forgetfulness, constrained social competencies and impaired wondering abilities.
Therefore, he does now not go through the rigours of analyzing reports or properly vetting documents as required of his workplace.
It became learnt that the President's former Aide De Camp, who currently left, said the deal to the DSS as he became now not carried along within the deal.
"The motive force made the President to signal a fraudulent document. The guy is the main motive force of the President. He were given the President to sign a file from which he made thousands and thousands of naira, capitalising on Buhari’s dementia.
"He was sooner or later arrested through the DSS and detained for several days. The ADC to the President who recently left said the deal to the DSS after finding out that he become sidestepped in the deal," the supply delivered.
Ironically, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in 2017 promised to reward Afaka, who had reportedly back a few lost gadgets for the duration of the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
NAHCON said Afaka observed and returned to the commission a bag containing four hundred greenbacks, N60,370 and 149 Saudi Riyals and a cell cellphone belonging to Adamu Umar, a Niger State pilgrim.
However, this isn't always the primary time a scandal which includes this will be experienced in Aso Villa. A similar scandal became experienced in Aso Villa in 2018 while the First Lady, Aisha, ensured the arrest of her Aide De Camp, whom she accused of defrauding her.
She had alleged that Sani Baba-Inna, a primary superintendent of police, obtained huge donations to the song of N2.Five billion from politicians and business people on her behalf and then stored the coins to himself.
Following her allegation, the then Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered the arrest of Baba-Inna and forced him to go back the cash.
Eventually, the police could not establish that Baba-Inna devoted the crime and an irritated Aisha asked the DSS to take over the case, believing the police government have been seeking to protect certainly one of their own.[NewsNaira]