Yar’adua’s Aide’s Family Cries Out Against Detention

Former first lady, Turai Yar'adua
Former first lady, Turai Yar’adua

Family of Yusuf Sarkin-Gida, a 60-year old domestic staff of Turai Yar’Adua, widow of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, has cried out over his detention by the Katsina State Command of the Nigerian Police.

Sarkin-Gida was arrested by the police over missing items worth N91 Million.

Usman Abdullahi, the Katsina state police commissioner, told newsmen on Tuesday that the 60-year-old Yusuf Sarkin-gida was arrested after a complaint to the police by the former first lady two weeks ago that items worth N91 was missing from her house.

Abdullahi explained that “The suspect is the custodians of all the keys and property of Hajiya Turai Yar’adua for the past forty 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,”

The police chief pointed out that Sarkin-gida had served the Yar’adua family for the past 40 years even before the late president became governor of Katsina State.



    He said the suspect was assisting police investigation on the missing items.

    But a spokesman of the Sarkin-Gida family, Mohammed Yusuf,  said their father was innocent of the crime he was accused of.

    He said the arrest and detention of their father before the Eld-el-Kabir celebration had thrown the family into confusion.

    Yusuf appealed to Human Rights groups to come to the aid of their father.

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