20 September 2016
The Police Command in Katsina on Tuesday said it had arrested a 60-year-old house help of Hajiya Turai Yar’adua, the widow of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua over missing goods worth N91 million.
Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, the Police Commissioner in the state, said “the police have arrested Alhaji Yusuf Sarkin-gida after a formal complaint by Hajiya Turai Yar’adua to two weeks ago.
“The suspect is the custodian of all the keys and property of Hajiya Turai Yar’adua for the past 40 years.
“There are 37 boxes in the custody of the suspect, but only 27 boxes are in the store.
“The several items in the 27 boxes are completely missing and the suspect has failed to give full explanation on the goods and items in the boxes,” he said.
The Commissioner said the suspect had been serving the Late Umar Yar’adua family for the past 40 years even before her husband became the governor and later the president of Nigeria.
Abdullahi said the suspect was in police custody, where he was assisting them to conduct intensive investigation on the missing items.
When contacted, the spokesperson of Sarkin-gida’s family, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, said their patriarch was innocent of the charge levelled against him.
He said the arrest and detention of Sarkin-gida before the Eld-el-Kabir celebration had thrown the family into confusion.
He appealed to the National Human Rights Organisation to assist in rescuing the suspect.