Sahara Reporter had on March 5, 2021, published a report titled: “How APC Chieftain, Danu, Customs Boss Defrauded Nigerian Government of N51 Billion, Wired N2.5 Billion to Buhari’s Daughter.”
In the publication, the newspaper alleged that that Nasiru Danu, a close ally of President Buhari and some top officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, recently defrauded the Nigerian government of N51 billion.
According to SaharaReporters, the N51 billion was meant “to improve Customs’ revenue”, while N2.5 billion was also transferred to a foundation owned by Mrs Indimi for which Mr Danu is a signatory.
But the president’s daughter denied all the allegations in a letter address to the newspaper and signed by her counsel, Nasiru Adamu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Zahra gave Sahara Reporters a seven-day ultimatum to publicly apologize and retract the report, shich she claimed is false, misleading, and defamatory.
She said there was no way Mr Danu could be a signatory in a foundation she owned.
“Our client equally unequivocally states that no any foundation owned by her was transferred or credited with such amount of money (N2.5 billion or any amount) by the said Alhaji Nasiru Haladu Danu or any body from the purported President Muhammadu Buhari’s oil mafia group, and that it is equally not possible for the said Danu to be a signatory to any foundation owned by our client,” the letter said.
“We consequently have our client’s instruction to make the following demands from you to wit:
a. A retraction of the said damaging and defamatory as well as the injurious publications;
b. A retraction of the defamatory publication made @SaharaReporters Tweet in respect of the publication in question;
c. A public apology to our client be issued vide your Website and Twiter account @SaharaReporters be published for seven (7) consecutive days;
d. Public apologies be published in at least three (3) Newspapers with online and physical presence across Nigeria for seven (7) consecutive days.
“PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, if you fail to meet the demands of our client as stated above within seven (7) days, we shall proceed to perfect our client’s instruction to seek all the remedies available in law to our client.”