The lawmaker representing Osun Central Senatorial District, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, has said that his political aides stole his money in his bedroom last December. He, however, refuted an allegation that he apprehended five of them because of the theft.
Bashiru, who posted on his Facebook page with the name ‘Ajibola Bashiru’, on Tuesday, at 5:02pm, said: “Many well-wishers have brought to my attention a campaign of calumny in the social media by some disgruntled elements that I caused five of my aides to be arrested over an alleged stolen amount ranging from N30 billion to N30 million and or 100,000 dollars, depending on their levels of fantasy.”Yesterday, our reporter contacted one of the constituency aides, Khalid Ibrahim, on the phone. He confirmed the authenticity of the Facebook page of his principal. Bashiru, who described those who peddled the rumour as mischief-makers, however, confirmed that two of his aides were arrested because of the disappearance of his only maid. He said the rumour is aimed at maligning and portraying him as being callous. The senator said that some of his aides gained access to his bedroom and stole some money last December while he was away on vacation with his wife. Bashiru, who refused to disclose the amount stolen by his aides, noted that the unauthorised access to his bedroom was without any sign of forcible entry. He said: “Only a few of my aides have access to the keys to my room. This should show to any discerning mind the level of trust and confidence I had in those aides.“The only maid in my house escaped from the house. She sneaked out of the house after throwing her belongings over the fence, probably with the connivance of other aides. She even left her two phones behind.”The lawmaker added: “For me, beyond the issue of money being stolen, the incident raised issues of a serious security breach in my home and a potential threat to my life and that of my family, as the perpetrators may even plant injurious items in my room or house or even have a more sinister motive.”