President Muhammad Buhari has received concrete evidence that his Chief
of Staff (CoS), Abba Kyari, took N500million from operators of MTN to
help the telecommunications giant mitigate the fine imposed on it by the
federal government, according to SR report.
Sources say the evidence was presented to Buhari several times including during the Sallah holiday.
The mind-boggling revelation is latest in the mounting allegations of
corruption involving members of the top echelon of President Buhari’s
Confronted with the evidence, the CoS reportedly claimed he was helping
the APC party raise funds for the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa
State, to which the president is said to have asked him if he was the
party chairman, but did not relieve him of his post.
SR has previously revealed several corrupt actions of the Chief of
Staff. They include taking money from Jide Omokore, a shady businessman
who was massively involved in corruption in the oil sector in the
Following acceptance of the money, Mr. Kyari reportedly took Mr. Omokore
twice to meet President Buhari to enable the businessman to make a
promise to refund some of the funds. A source told SR Omokore promised
to refund N500million.
When Omokore was eventually arrested by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC), the CoS reportedly told President Buhari that
it was the EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu, who had bungled progress concerning
Omokore. SR has also previously reported that Mr. Kyari wants to remove
Magu from the anti-graft body in favor of a candidate who is more
amenable to his wishes.