There is palpable tension amongst the kitchen cabinet of Jagaban, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and anyone you see smiling around the APC kingpin these days is, as usual, a political sycophant. And talk about sycophants, they certainly abound around Nigeria’s political leaders.
This sombre cloud has been hanging now over the Bola Tinubu camp since online veteran, Aye Dee released the bombshell exposing the fact that, aside from the celebrated case of Tinubu’s certificate forgery scandal regarding his purported degree from a Chicago university, the Jagaban was once tried extensively for drug trafficking in the USA.
So damning are the disclosures that they are certain to smear the crusading image of an APC that Nigerians believe is composed of morally superior citizens, who are on a mission to repair a nation vandalized by the PDP’s much touted rein of corruption, brigandage and impunity
Quite unfortunately, Aye Dee has pointed Nigerians to the US Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) site, pacer.gov were incontrovertible records indicate that the bulk of Tinubu’s properties and assets were actually confiscated by the government of the United States, in regard to the case of drug trafficking.
In one instance Tinubu, on 10/4/93 forfeited to the US government the sum of $460,000 held in his name, in his account no. 263226700, at First Heritage Bank. The records go further to explain that the funds, forfeited to the Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago, were seized by the Us government because they were acquired through the distribution of hard drugs.
What the shocking exposure reveals is that Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and leader of the former ACN, now a major part of APC was a long time drug baron and probably still is. Indeed the 1993 case was ongoing whilst he was a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Haba, Nigerian leaders!
Since the scandalous story broke, many Nigerians “loyal” to Bola Tinubu have argued that it doesn’t matter, adding that it all happened over 20 years ago and that in all that time the Jagaban has certainly turned over a new leaf. Well, the big question is: has he, really?
Shamefully, Nigeria is the only country in civilized democracies where you’ll see all manner of criminals, ex convicts, and shady characters brazenly holding political positions and are never prosecuted even when damning evidence is brought forward against them.
There are valid documents to prove that between 1988 and 1993 Bola Tinubu controlled the activities of a white heroin trafficking network, a drug trafficking ring which was centered around Adegboyega Mueez Akande, Mr. Lee Andrew Edwards and one Abiodun Agbele with Bola Tinubu at the helm of affairs, quite reminiscent of a spanish drug cartel.
The ten different bank accounts that Bola Tinubu operated in The US at that time had come under investigation by the United States Internal Revenue Service, criminal investigation division and their investigation led them to believe that the account was, infact, connected to a white heroin trafficking network operating in Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana.
Interestingly, at this period Bola Tinubu was an employee of Mobil Nigeria Ltd with monthly earnings of about $2,400 yet he operated ten different bank accounts, incredible isnt it? In November 20, 1990, one Abiodun Agbele, whom Tinubu said was known to him, was arrested after selling one ounce of white heroin to an undercover agent for $7,000.
Agbele was described as an agent of Mueez A. Akande in the distribution of heroin in the United States. Interrogation of the said Agbele and further investigations revealed the identity of the other individuals, including relatives who have worked for Akande with various duties in the hard drugs distribution cartel.
One of these individuals has been identified by the investigation as Bola Tinubu. Governor Tinubu did not file any document to explain the source of money totaling over 1.4 million dollars which was traced to his account which was clearly above his means of income.
The court case with case No. 93 C 4483 which was filed on July 26, 1993 before the Hon. Judge Nordberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States against Bola Tinubu regarding the forfeiture of funds in his ten bank accounts would have gone to full trial.
But as a sharp guy, according to the Nigerian street parlance, Bola had ingeniously struck a deal to forfeit the bulk of the funds in the bank Accounts. Thus, the other big question is: would an innocent person admit to forfeit his legally, hard earned money in a drug case to merely save his face if he is not guilty of the crime?
John A. Nordberg of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, ordered the forfeiture of the huge sums, found in 10 of Tinubu’s accounts, declaring they were believed to be proceeds of illicit drug trade.
The court, in the order given on October 4, 1993, said the drug deal, specifically in white heroin, involved Tinubu; his wife, Oluremi; and three of his family members. The accounts from which the funds were seized included First Heritage Bank (263226700), Citi International Bank (39483134, 39483396, 4650279566, 00400200, 39936404, 39936383, 52050-89451952, 52050-89451952 and 52050-89451953).
According to a Special Agent of the United States Criminal Investigation Service, Kevin Moss, the DEA became involved in the investigation of a white heroin network operating in Chicago, Illinois (where Tinubu alleged he got a university certificate, which became a source of controversy while he was in office) and Hammond, Indiana in 1988.
These very bank accounts from which funds were forfeited by Bola Tinubu were the basis of the charges leveled against Bola Tinubu by EFCC back in 2007. Again, quite interestingly, he was cleared of wrongdoing by a Nigerian court. Ha ha, only in Naija!
As the saying goes, if the London Trial that sent powerful James Ibori behind bars had taken place anywhere in Nigeria, the Odidigborigbo would definitely be strutting about, a free man today. Who will deliver Nigeria from this dilemma?