A domestic aide who stole items and cash worth N91.4 million from former First Lady Turai Yar’Adua has been arrested.
Katsina State Police Commissioner Usman Abdulahi yesterday confirmed Yusuf Sarkin Gada’s arrest.
Gada, who is said to have been with the Yar’Adua family for over 40 years, is believed to have all the keys to the rooms and sensitive sections of the house in Katsina.
It was not immediately clear if the theft was committed at once or in bits.
Abdullahi, who spoke with reporters in Katsina, said: “We are investigating. Actually, it will surprise you to know that the man has been serving the family for over 40 years.
“And the key to that house is in his custody. There are materials and even raw cash that got missing.
“If I give you the key to a room where I keep things and when I come back and I cannot see those things, who will I ask?
“In fact, the rough estimate of some parts of the items is about N91,400,000. I don’t want to say more.
“We received a formal complaint, we invited Gada and we are investigating.”
Asked if he was in detention, the CP simply said: “We are investigating.”
The police chief said a blogger, Jamil Mabai, had been detained for posting that the Katsina State government bought 3,000 coffins and distributed them to mosques because the government wanted people to die.
He said: “The state government complained that Jamil wrote that it had bought 3,000 coffins and distributed to mosques and may be it wanted Katsina people to die.
“Any reasonable person will ask one or two questions. This is why we had to invite him to assist the police.”