Halliburton Scandal: New Twist Emerges As Aisha Buhari’s Imposter Threatens Legal Action
A new twist has emerged as Ms Aisha Buhari – the woman who shares same name with the First Lady of Nigeria – allegedly mentioned in the Halliburton bribery scandal of a former United States congressman, William Jefferson, has denied involvement in the scandal, even as she threatened legal action.
On Monday, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state, had shared a link of 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 Jefferson.
Fayose had accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife of being the woman involved in the scandal, which left the congressman sentenced to prison for 13 years in 2009.
“The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read,” he said.
In a swift reaction to the allegation, a former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, said that the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the bribery scandal was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of President Buhari.
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Premium Times quoted Ribadu as saying that the EFCC during his tenure, in conjunction with U.S. authorities, almost arrested the impostor.
He also circulated a passport of this Aisha Buhari.
“She is a different person and has lived in the U.S. for years. She is hardly in Nigeria. The EFCC was working with U.S. authorities on the investigations. One of my plans was to arrest her before I left the commission. Our suspicion then was that 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.
However, the US based lady, who shares the same name with the President’s wife, while speaking exclusively with The Street Journal on Tuesday night in the United States, said she was never involved in the scandal and linking her name with it was most malicious and wicked.
She said the allegation “is like pouring water on a sleeping person. I have never done anything with Halliburton, I don’t know the colour of the company. I am not in the line of business with Halliburton, so linking me with the bribery is wicked”.
“If they think they are politician and can break the law and go free, they should realise that nobody is above the laws of a country including me”.
On whether she is going to take legal action, she said:” I am talking with my Lawyers, they will determine that”, she summed.