Reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Department of State Sevice, DSS, to arrest his wife’s younger brother, Musa Yola, over suspicion of fraud, are untrue.
PREMIUM TIMES contacted presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, and he categorically denied the reports.
“It is definitely not true, there is no iota of truth on this report there is no basis for the president to do that,” Mr. Shehu said.
Also, the man who is said to have been arrested, Mr. Yola, called PREMIUM TIMES and said he was shocked to see reports of his purported arrests in the social media.
“As we speak, I am in the President’s office and I was with him last night,” he said.
Mr. Yola also said he has never been involved in forgery or fraud and has never been arrested by either the Police or SSS or any security agency for that matter.
He also said he has never been to any police station or SSS office as an accused person.
“I simply don’t know or understand who is behind these malicious rumours,” he said.
Reports posted online said President Buhari ordered the DSS to arrest Mr. Yola after he duped a businessman N300 million promising to aid him acquire an oil bloc.
The reports also said Mr. Yola had refunded the money and that he was granted bail by the SSS.
The spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, could not be reached Monday.
However, a source in the DSS confirmed to us that “there was no such order from the President”.
He also said the SSS had no one in detention bearing the name Musa Yola in recent times.