Interesting, Despite Overwhelming Evidence Of Violation Of Money Laundering Laws, EFCC Refuses to Probe Cash-loaded Jet, & Tinubu’s Bullion Van
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is not ready to probe or prosecute the two cases of violation of money laundering acts by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the airline which has the plane that was alleged to be loaded with cash, headed for Ilorin on the eve of the February 16th elections. According to the investigations, which was first made available by Punch Newspaper, a private jet loaded with money on February 15, 2019, heading to Ilorin from MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos, could not take off due to the weight of the cash on board the aircraft.
Eyewitnesses claimed the EFCC stormed the plane based on a tip-off, and insisted on knowing the source of the money, its owner and destination. The crew informed the operatives that the money was meant for election expenses in Kwara State, but the detectives insisted on taking away the cash. Suddenly a call came from the Presidential Villa ordering the EFCC to hands off the matter and clear off from the scene. And immediately, some armed soldiers arrived and took the money, transferred it to another plane and eventually left for Kwara at about 10pm that night.”
When journalists spoke to the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, on phone, he explained that he also saw the alleged picture of the said aircraft on the social media, and that he still doubts the authenticity of the story, as such things could have been ‘created and recreated. He said, “All the reports from the field are being reviewed and we shall come out with our position once it is ready.” Orilade added, “Let’s not be carried away by the activities of mischief-makers; like the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu said, we shall continue to do the right thing to make Nigeria a better country for everyone.”
Meanwhile, nothing has been said or done by the EFCC regarding the movement of huge cash in two bullion vans into Bola Tinubu’s house on the eve of same February elections. Even after Tinubu confirmed at an interview with journalists, that he transported the bulk money into his Ikoyi residence, a clear violation of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act. Tinubu said “What is your issue with bullion vans in my house? I have not done any government business in the last five years. So, I didn’t steal government money. And the bullion van was not said to contain election materials, so what offence have I committed? I decide where to keep it (money) and how to keep it.” The EFCC still kept mum, instead the EFCC spokesman explained that the commission had successfully curbed vote-buying in the elections, unlike what happened in Ekiti and Osun States. “You will agree with me that to a large extent, we were able to curtail vote-buying with our men conspicuously positioned at polling booths across the country in the course of the elections,”