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Lawyer Sues Buhari’s Daughter For Using Presidential Aircraft

Austin Papi

An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, has taken to a high court in Abuja to sue the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hanan Buhari, for her alleged ’illegal use’ of the presidential aircraft.

Newsmen affiliated to Punch Newspaper had obtained copies of the processes filed by the accuser at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on February 6.

Hanan Buhari, who used the presidential aircraft for a private call to Bauchi State on January 10, 2020, is marked as the sole defendant in the suit which was marked CV/1023/2020.

The accuser admonished the court to order Hanan Buhari to refund the costs of both the “fueling” of the aircraft and “the travel logistics” which was incurred to the Federal Government’s consolidated revenue fund account.

Ojaomo also urged the court to make a “declaratory order” stating that she (Hanan) “has no statutory right to use the presidential aircraft for her private functions, as the aircraft is provided for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other public officers for the sole purpose of the performance of their official functions which are beneficial to the country.”

He said

”A perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, not being a public servant from using the presidential aircraft for private purposes as was done in Bauchi State.

”She should also be compelled to pay 10 per cent interest on the judgment sum pending the final liquidation of any judgment sum, she should also pay the sum of N2m as the cost of litigation.”

Further in his statement, the complaint who described himself as “an advocate of probity and accountability” and “a taxpayer” explains that he understood from his research that it would cost us (Nigerians) over N5bn to maintain the presidential fleet in the 2020 budgetary allocations as approved by the National Assembly.”

Lastly, he added that Hanan Buhari holds no office as a public servant, thus, she is not entitled to spend public funds on her private projects.