NewsOne Nigeria reports that Master Warrant Officer Saidu Afaka, the official driver of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was recently detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) after tricking his principal to sign a fraudulent document to make millions of naira is dead.
This online news platform understands that the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement that Afaka died at the State House Clinic on Tuesday, April 6, after a prolonged illness.
Garba in the statement, said President Buhari who is currently receiving treatment in London, the United Kingdom (UK), extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.
The statement reads as thus; “President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Afaka on the passing of Master Warrant Officer, Sa’idu Afaka, his official driver, who died at the State House Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.
“President Buhari, who also commiserates with the Government and people of Kaduna State, described the late Afaka as an honest, capable and reliable person who handled his job with utmost care and responsibility.
“The President recalls that in 2016 the soldier, while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, picked up a bag containing a large amount of foreign currencies and turned it over to the National Hajj Commission, an action which earned him praises from the Saudi and Nigerian authorities.
“President Buhari prays Almighty Allah to ‘bless the soul of the departed with an elevated place in heavens,’ committing the family and friends to divine comfort and patience,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Afaka’s death is coming few days after SaharaReporters exposed how he capitalised on Buhari dementia to trick him to sign a fraudulent document to make millions of naira.
It was gathered that the whole affair was however hushed up by the Presidency, which did not want another scandal in the press.
“The fraud was perpetrated some weeks ago but it was kind of hushed up so that it would not leak to the press,” the source said.
The report noted that it is generally known in the President’s circle and among his cabinet members that Buhari has been showing some symptoms such as forgetfulness, limited social skills and impaired thinking abilities.