EFCC Sets To Jeopardize Tinubu's 2023 Ambition, Goes After Him, Writes CCB For Assets Documents

Date: 03-03-2021 6:31 am (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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The EFCC has requested Bola Tinubu’s asset declaration documents from the Code of Conduct Bureau, Peoples Gazette can report, in a politically-charged inquiry that could see the former Lagos governor and ruling party chieftain arrested and prosecuted before 2023.

The anti-graft office in November 2020 asked the asset fraud investigation office to supply details of Mr. Tinubu’s asset documents as part of an ongoing probe of the politician, according to a copy of the request obtained by the Gazette. The request, dated November 6, was a follow-up to previous demands made with respect to Mr. Tinubu’s asset filings.

In the letter, the EFCC referred to its previous letter of September 4, 2020, and CCB’s response of October 9, 2020, asking the bureau to supply “outstanding requested information of Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.” It was not immediately clear whether or not the CCB has obliged the EFCC’s request for additional information ever since, or the nature and scope of information provided if applicable.
The EFCC’s November 6 memo also included another high-profile politician and Buhari administration official, but the Gazette’s lawyers advised that his identity should be protected until our reporters and editors have established why he was being investigated.

Respective spokespersons for the EFCC and CCB did not return requests seeking comments about Mr. Tinubu’s investigation as led by Abdulrasheed Bawa when he was the head of Lagos zonal office. Mr. Bawa was confirmed as the chairman of EFCC last week despite being a subject of a smothered corruption probe, and officials said he is now fully in charge of Mr. Tinubu’s case.
The EFCC’s November 6 memo also included another high-profile politician and Buhari administration official, but the Gazette’s lawyers advised that his identity should be protected until our reporters and editors have established why he was being investigated.

Respective spokespersons for the EFCC and CCB did not return requests seeking comments about Mr. Tinubu’s investigation as led by Abdulrasheed Bawa when he was the head of Lagos zonal office. Mr. Bawa was confirmed as the chairman of EFCC last week despite being a subject of a smothered corruption probe, and officials said he is now fully in charge of Mr. Tinubu’s case.
But the EFCC has now found additional information and believed it would successfully nail Mr. Tinubu using the same set of asset documents but with advanced layers of verification. Nigeria has adopted the bank verification number and strengthened its financial intelligence departments since 2011.

“The EFCC has travelled a long distance from 2011 when Tinubu was first prosecuted,” an anti-graft chief said. “Now we are carrying out a tech-driven anti-corruption war.”

The official also said Mr. Tinubu’s alleged asset fraud is only an aspect of multiple counts to be instituted against him by the EFCC.

“We have petitions from a group in Abuja that we should investigate the source of those bullion vans that were driven into his house in 2019,” the official said. “We are also investigating his use of several proxies to collude with governors in Lagos and syphon money from the state.”

In November, the Gazette published bank documents that showed how Mr. Tinubu’ Alpha-Beta was moving the questionable funds it received from Lagos State into other companies linked to Mr. Tinubu, including broadcaster TVC and Lagos metro bus providers.


But EFCC’s ability to prove its case against Mr. Tinubu’s this time could still prove more challenging than officials boasted, especially as he was said to have tucked his deals and assets in complex layers of financial manoeuvring.
Officials could not immediately comment on what Mr. Buhari knew about Mr. Tinubu’s probe, but they expressed confidence that the president would be reluctant to stand in the way of a criminal investigation.
Mr. Tinubu has long been considered untouchable because of the role he played in bringing Mr. Buhari to power, but his influence has waned since 2015 when Mr. Buhari shut him out of his inner circles after being sworn in as president.

An arrest and prosecution of Mr. Tinubu could blight his 2023 chances for president. The former Lagos governor opened a campaign office in Abuja last year, although he has yet to publicly declared his presidential run.
One of Mr. Tinubu’s associates who spoke with the Gazette said his ambition clashed with some other interests within the ruling APC, especially those of Mr. Malami.

“We know that it is the turn of the south to produce the next president,” Mr. Tinubu’s associate said. “So we don’t know why they are trying to humiliate him with their preliminary 2023 politics that they want to use to remove him from consideration for our party’s ticket.”


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