Tinubu: EFCC Receives Petition Against APC Chieftain Over Bullion Vans

  • Petitioners petition EFCC, calling for an investigation on the bullion vans sighted at Tinubu’s residence.
  • The groups expect EFCC to answer four pertinent questions in the investigation.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has received a petition from a group of Nigerians led by activist, Deji Adeyanju, on Friday, against the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, at its headquarters.

The petition was entitled ‘Petition to investigate the source of money conveyed in bullion vans to the home of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu on the eve of 2019 presidential election’. It was submitted on behalf of the group, Concerned Nigerians led by Adedeji Adeyanju,  Ariyo-Dare Atoye of the NCDC and Adebayo Raphael of Free Nigeria Movement and dated October 25, 2019. It was also addressed to the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, received at the reception of the antigraft agency’s headquarters at Jabi, Abuja, and duly stamped by the agency as received.

The group said the aim of the petition was for the EFCC to launch an investigation into the appearance of two bullion vans at Tinubu’s residence on the eve of the last presidential election.

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While noting that the petition was written following Magu’s call for a petition on the presence of the bullion vans at the politician’s residence, they said the petition was written for EFCC to perform its function by investigating the matter.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is empowered by law to prevent, investigate, prosecute and penalise economic and financial crimes and is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of other laws and regulations relating to economic and financial crimes.

“It is on this basis that we write to petition the commission to launch an investigation into the appearance of bullion vans in the compound of a private citizen, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the eve of the 2019 presidential elections,” part of the petition reads.

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While noting that the former Lagos Governor is now a private citizen, who ordinarily should not be seen with a convoy of bullion vans, the petitioners raised four questions which it said were begging answers.

“What are bullion vans doing in the house of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu?; who owns the content, believing to be cash in the bullion vans that were seen entering the house of Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the eve of Nigerian presidential election?; has the commission, based on its core mandates, investigated the source of the bullion vans?; Is Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s house now a bank where bullion vans now take money to?”

The petitioners then called on the EFCC to urgently “swing into action and begin an investigation into the appearance of the bullion vans.”

Recall that Tinubu had in February told those asking questions about the presence of the bullion vans at his residence in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, to mind their business, saying that he could keep his money anywhere he wanted.

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