Suddenly, the proverbial table was turned; the hunter had become the hunted. In a twist of the events, the federal
government might have seized the passport and all other travel documents
of the former First Lady, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua.
This is coming
barely three weeks after the late president was buried following a
prolonged illness from a heart-related disease that killed him.
Turai is currently undergoing the mandatory forty-day mourning period
Turai, the Federal Government believes may have stashed
a lot of money abroad, particularly in Middle-eastern countries like
Dubai and Saudi Arabia, which she might want to return to.
feared that the long medical sojourn of the late president might have
cost the country over N5bn, even though the sick president was always a
guest of his host countries’ leaders.
During some of these trips,
Turai was said to have dispensed special favours to her accompanying
staff including security personnel who fell over themselves to pander to
Government is said to be concerned that such huge
sums would be taken out of the country without any receipts, thus
causing the need to keep the former first lady under watch.
presidency source confided in us that the former First Lady is also
being probed over her oil deals which is said to be running up to
Our source who prefers anonymity disclosed
that “Turai is also being investigated on various fronts to ascertain
what exactly she did that goes contrary to the principles of justice and
fairness and, in fact, if she did use her office to corruptly enrich
It was gathered that Turai’s pet project, the
International Cancer Centre for Women will also be investigated.
10 billion naira was realized in October last year when the project was
launched with little progress at the construction site. It would be
recalled that Maryam Abacha’s hospital for women and children was later
taken over and renamed the National Hospital.
One of the Turai’s
crimes is the allegation that she collected over $100m from the former
Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC) to dispense as bribes to the presidential election tribunal. But
it was also alleged that the money was neither dispensed for that
purpose nor returned to its source.
The former First Lady is also
alleged to have influenced the appointment of Abubakar Yar’Adua and
many others including Mustapha Rabe of the PTDF for the sole purpose of
perpetuating under hand deals in the oil sector.
allegedly led her to collect $2m from Billy Agha, the Director,
Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to incorporate him into her web
of intrigues in the petroleum sector.
Immediately after the late
president was interred, close aides of President Goodluck Jonathan began
what may believed was a subtle move to persecute the former First Lady
when an attempt by Senate President David Mark and his deputy, Ike
Ekweremadu to bring a motion to the floor of the senate, praying the
federal government to order a probe into the death of the late
president, was rejected.
Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu in
his motion had urged the Federal Government “to set up a judicial panel
of enquiry to look into the management of the health and hospitalization
of late President Yar’Adua from the 23rd of November 2009 to the 5th of
But majority of senators who spoke during plenary
discountenanced the motion, saying it would amount to persecuting the
family of the late president.
When contacted on Thursday
spokesperson of the Department of State Services, Mrs. Maryln Ogar
denied knowledge of the alleged seizure of the former first lady’s
traveling documents. “Note that the former first lady had just lost her
husband, our former president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and she is in a very
painful and sorrowful mood. We should do everything possible to
sympathize with the family.
“It is unfounded to say that
something like that is done to her, because as Nigerian we should always
do thing that will promote the unity of this country. However, there
are laid down procedures must be followed”. Mrs. Ogar said.
asked if she was aware that travelling documents of any former official
of the late Yar’Adua government have been seized, she replied “I am not
sure for now, if any have been seized. But note that what must be done
must be done”.
However we gathered reliably from close family
relations of Tanimu Yakubu, the form Chief Economic Adviser to late
Yar’Adua that his passport had been taken away form him since February.
It was learnt that he had been promising to visit his wife who is
currently studying in London but has failed to do so as a result of the
seizure because he is still being investigated for the disappearance of
By: Wole Streetjournal