Buhari’s Chief of Staff caught in N500m bribery scandal in USA

President Buhari is currently in United States of America where he is meeting with other heads of State for the 71ist UN General Assembly.

The president reportedly traveled with a retinue of aides including the Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

During one of the side meetings, the president was presented with evidence that one of his aides was involved in N500 million bribery scandal.

The aide is question is the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari.

The evidence showed that Abba collectedN500 million naira as kickback from MTN Nigeria to help the stop the telecom’s fine imposed on it by Nigeria.

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The corruption scandal is one in a long list of phony deals Abba has been reported to have engaged in.

Only last month, Abba was fingered in another deal where he wrote AMCON to absolve a company (where he sits as board director) from prosecution.

The firm, Valiant Offshore Contractors Limited, is the single biggest debtor of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).

The firm owes First Bank of Nigeria about N160billion. The aftermath of which AMCON seized two oil rigs operated by the firm.

Abba jumped in the fray and pressured AMCON to give the firm a clean bill of health.

This would enable it resume business as a drilling services company with the NNPC without meeting its debt obligation to AMCON.

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Needless to say, AMCON turned down Abba’s request.

Confronted with the evidence, the Abba Kyari told the president that he took the money so as to raise funds for APC.

Abba Kyari was reported to have also taken money from Jide Omokore, who was immensely involved in corruption in the oil sector in the preceding administration.

Thereafter, Kyari took Omokore to meet the president, twice! His sins were forgiven and told to go home and sin no more.

As restitution, Omokore promised to refund N500 million naira! Omokore was finally arrested by the EFCC.

When Kyari was confronted, he told the president that EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu, bungled the deal.

Abba Kyari is a relative of President Buhari.