Zahra Buhari-Indimi, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has threatened legal action against Sahara Reporters over a report which alleged that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress Nasiru Danu and some top officials of the Nigeria Customs Service fraudulently wired N2.5 billion to her out of a total of N51 billion allegedly laundered.
The online publication had claimed a source said the alleged fraud which implicates the NCS comptroller-general Col Hameed Ali (rtd) was named “Revenue Assurance Fraud” by some officials of the agency.
It also claimed in the report that another source said N2.5 billion was transferred to a foundation owned by Mrs Buhari-Indimi of which Danu is a signatory.
“Some top Customs operatives and one Alhaji Nasiru Haladu Danu shared N51 billion. N2.5 billion out of the funds was transferred to a foundation owned by President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter,” the publication quoted its source as saying.
However, in reaction, the president’s daughter demanded from Sahara Reporters a retraction with an apology carried with the same prominence on its platform and three national dailies for seven consecutive days.
She made her demands known in a letter signed by her counsel Nasiru Adamu to Sahara Reporters.
“Our client equally unequivocally states that no any foundation owned by her was transferred or credited with such amount of money (N2.5 billion or any amount) by the said Alhaji Nasiru Haladu Danu or anybody from the purported President Muhammadu Buhari’s oil mafia group, and that it is equally not possible for the said Danu to be a signatory to any foundation owned by our client,” the letter read.
“We consequently have our client’s instructions to make the following demands from you to wit; A retraction of the said damaging and defamatory as well as the injurious publication.
“A retraction of the defamatory publication made @SaharaReporters tweet in respect of the publication in question.
“A public apology to our client be issued vide your website and twitter account @SaharaReporters be published for seven (7) consecutive days.
“Public apologies be published in at least three (3) newspapers with online and physical presence across Nigeria for seven (7) consecutive days.”