Metro How Buhari Ordered DSS to Arrest His Close Ally For Corruption



A key member of the panel investigating the mismanagement of public funds by government officials was last week arrested by the DSS on orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mohammed Umar is known as a 'close ally' of Buhari, reports say. He became close with the president shortly after the 2015 elections.

Officials say Buhari ordered his arrest after receiving damning reports that he was involved in alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

Buhari perused reports which also alleged that the retired Air Force officer ran a blackmailing and extortion cartel, officials said.

Those familiar with the matter said before moving against the retired officer, the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura, met with Mr. Buhari where he tabled reports suggesting that the panel member had been busy using the name of the president and other top officials of the administration to intimidate, extort and blackmail individuals and businesses.

“The president became worried and jittery when he was confronted with the way a man he trusted had been behaving,” someone familiar with the matter said. “So he ordered that he should be picked up while the allegations against him are thoroughly investigated.”

Security sources added that documents seized from Mr. Umar’s residence during a raid on June 19 included classified documents from the president’s office, details of government transactions from the Central Bank of Nigeria, and details of bank transactions belonging to the Office of the National Security Adviser.

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