President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has sued Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State for claiming that she was involved in the Halliburton corruption scandal.
Mr. Fayose had in June said Mrs. Buhari was the “Aisha Buhari” named in a U.S. court document, alleged to have been involved in a bribery case involving a convicted former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson.
The governor, in what appeared to be an error, referred to the Jefferson bribery as the Halliburton scandal, which is an entirely different case. Mr. Fayose however insisted he was right, despite Mrs. Buhari’s denial and threat of lawsuit, Premium Times reports.
Mrs. Buhari had earlier written to the governor on June 23, demanding retraction.
In her earlier letter, Mrs. Buhari described the allegation that she was involved in either scandal as “very wild and unfounded”.
The material distributed by Mr. Fayose on June 20 said the first lady was an accomplice in the bribery scandal that landed Mr. Jefferson in jail.
Although Aisha Buhari was mentioned in the case files as having transferred a sum of $170,000 to Mr. Jefferson, former heads of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission who investigated the matter said the Aisha Buhari named in the document was an impostor and not President Buhari’s wife.
As governor, Mr. Fayose has constitutional immunity against criminal prosecution.
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