Zahra Buhari-Indimi: demands apology from Sahara Reporters within seven days
President Buhari Daughter, Zahra Takes Legal Action Against Sahara Reporters, Demands Retraction and Apology Over Allegation Of Conniving With Others To Defraud The Nigerian Government
ahra Buhari-Indimi, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has taken legal action against Sahara Reporters by issuing a 7-day ultimatum to retract what she describes as an injurious and defamatory publication against her or she will “seek all remedies available in law”.
She gave the ultimatum in a letter to the newspaper and signed by her counsel, Nasiru Adamu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
SaharaReporters had reported how Danu and some top Customs operatives diverted over N51 billion meant to improve the agency’s revenue.
In the said report, one Nasiru Danu who is a close ally of President Buhari and some top officials of the Nigeria Customs Service recently defrauded the Nigerian government of N51 billion.
It added that the N51 billion was meant “to improve Customs’ revenue” and according to Sahara Reporters, the N2.5 billion out of the money was allegedly transferred to a foundation owned by Zahra for which Mr Danu is a signatory.
In a letter to the online platform by her lawyer, Nasiru Aliyu (SAN), Zahra denied defrauding the Federal Government of Nigeria of N51bn, N2.5bn, or any amount.
She also said there was no way Mr Danu could be a signatory in a foundation she owned.
“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 any body 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 said.
Zahra described Sahara Reporter’s publication as false and injurious and demanded a retraction.
She also demanded a public apology from the media outfit.
-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.
The letter further said: “Please take notice that if you fail to meet the demands of our client as stated above within seven (7) days, we shall proceed to perfect our client’s instruction to seek all remedies available in law to our client.”
Sahara Reporters, an online news platform, whose publisher is Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate and a known critic of Mr Buhari, could not be reached at the time of this report.