The Department of State Services, (DSS) has taken into custody a woman identified as Amina Mohammed for the crime of impersonating the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians.
This was confirmed by the spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, stated that Amina had disguised as Aisha Buhari to dupe a Lagos-based businessman of N150 million.
She was paraded at the headquarters of the DSS, where a mild drama ensued as the woman, also known as Justina Oluoha and Amina Villa, initially refused to appear before newsmen.
She claimed she was not alone but in cahoots with a cartel who specializes in duping people.
Amina, while shouting and weeping, alleged that Aisha Buhari’s sisters and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), among others were accomplices.
Afunanya said, “The importance of this conference is to unveil the identity of a suspect that had an unauthorized access to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa and used the Office of the First Lady to engage in a fraudulent act.
“The woman, who is being paraded, has adopted various aliases and used the same false identities to defraud several unsuspecting persons before she was discovered.
“Amina Mohammed, also known as Justina Oluoha and Amina Villa, had on November 22, 2017, paraded herself as the First Lady of Kogi State.
“She used the false identity to evade protocol and scrutiny thus gaining unauthorized access into the Villa, and particularly the residence of the First Lady and wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari.
“She took advantage of the fact that personalities such as first ladies, ministers and certain categories of officials are not taken through rigorous protocol and security checks at the Villa posts.
“Investigation has shown that this unholy enterprise is not to the knowledge of the First Lady. What Amina simply did was to use the First Lady’s name and office as bait to lure and defraud her victims.
“Members of the public are advised to be wary of individuals or groups that drop names and offices of high government officials to defraud them.”
Narrating her own side of the story, Amina said, “The DSS did not arrest me, I came here on their invitation. I am not a fraudster; the sisters of the First Lady are involved in this business. I cannot accept this allegation.
“The former SGF is involved in this fraud. Aisha’s sister is involved. I did not dupe him because he usually gave bribe to buy Federal Government property. The directors in the ministry have been involved in getting bribe before bidding is concluded.
“He knows the process and taking him into Villa was not an attempt to defraud him but because Aisha’s sister was involved. I cannot allow anybody to put me to shame to the whole world.”
When pressed further if she added, “Ask the First Lady’s sisters, ex-SGF is involved. Leave me alone.”