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Domestic worker allegedly steals N91 million from Turai Yar’Adua


Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua

Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua

The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of one Yusuf Sarkin Gida, a domestic worker to the wife of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua, for allegedly stealing N91 million from her.  

The Commissioner of Police, Usman Abdullahi Mohammed, who confirmed the development, said a formal complaint was received before his arrest.“We are investigating the matter and all the facts are not available yet. It will actually surprise you to know that the man has been serving the family for over 40 years,” he said. 

The former First Lady has also handed over to the police another domestic staff, 70-year-old Malam Yusuf Jikwando, and his two sons, for alleged theft of foodstuffs and an undisclosed amount of money.

Jikwando, who is the longest serving domestic servant to the Yar’Adua family, was allegedly arrested two days before Eid-el Kabir in his house at Samji Quarters in Katsina.

It was gathered that the arrest followed Turai’s directive to the Commissioner of Police.A man close to the family said five armed policemen invaded Jikwando’s house and searched it, but only found three measures of rice and a quarter bag of maize.

According to him, Jikwando’s eldest son and second to the last born were later arrested. He said while Jikwando’s family members and relatives tried to go and see the former first lady in Abuja over the arrests, five people, among them the man’s wife, had an accident near Kankara village.

The Jikwando family members appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, governor of Katsina State, Bello Masari and the Human Rights Commission to come to their aid. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Salisu Agaisa, said he was not aware of the arrests.

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  • infinity2020

    if you have enslaved some one for 40 years and you live in luxuries while they watch what do you expect? Nigeria has changed, be getting ready to explain where you are getting all these money that is being stolen. Do you keep the money in your bedroom?

  • The Realist

    bl00dy oppressor wicked woman!!a man that served you and family for over 40 years you use your powers to oppress them wicked people!

  • Olukayode Odulaja

    These so called elites parading themselves as millionaires/billionaires have all stolen from NIGERIA so to speak without being arrested due to complicity of the powers that be. In my candid opinion, she must be that gullible to have been defrauded of that huge sum before realising it. At the end of the day, when they steal from the coffers of the country, it’s perfectly okay but when their maids steal from them, they flex their muscles because they wield so much power in society and the top police brass are at their beck and call. I’m not for condoning theft but come on, these people should have been settled long time ago financially so as to find something meaningful to do with their lives but they want to keep them as slaves forever. There’s no difference between them and the formal slave’s masters of the past.

  • Dr. Jegede, Ajibade Ebenezer

    The is indicative of the heartlessness of those who had at one time or the other served this country and have subjugated the poor under them for so many years. If those concerned have served the family for 40years and above, what has been the so called Tural’s contributions to their upliftment? An average Hausa man that we use to know before Nigeria’s independence has been adjudged to be truthful in their dealings with their masters. I want to believe that Turai is a mean woman who wants all to favour her children and would rather prefer that the children of those working with her should go to blazes. The stealing may not even be those she is presently alleging. It may be among her own children and it may also be a connivance between the house help and her children. The situation is shrouded for now and the real secret may span those being arrested.. .

  • AZZO

    Where is EFCC? Can you please ask Hajiya Turai how she came about =N=91million in her possession now whilst the police deals with the theft matter. But remember, times are hard and if these butlers are not well paid by their employer it would be expected for matters like this to occur.(Haba, =N=91million in cash and in full view when one is on a yearly stipend of =N=20K/per annum in the current recession – not a justification to steal though, but haba, check and see nah)

    • ukoette ibekwe

      She is widow of an ex President from the North. She earned it from her savings.

  • Mr. A

    Funny. Do they have to run to Buhari for help? By the way, they have all dipped their hands in the National purse.

  • ade

    Madam Yar Adua, “Explain first where you got the 91million naira?” What the servants did was to redistribute the stolen (likely)commonwealth of their country, though in an unapproved way.

    • Sitanda

      Who usually approves them and how?

  • Tosin

    ” the man has been serving the family for over 40 years”
    The Yar’aduas probably owe him the money. Free the guy. It’s sort of like a divorce case 🙂 divide up the assets.

  • nabz real

    All those pointing accusing fingers at Patience Gej oya over to you, when it comes to GEJ some imbeciles will talk as if Northern leaders are saints. RUBBISH!!!