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EFCC Reopens Tinubu’s Probe, Demands His Asset Declaration Form From CCB

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may have reopened the investigation of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju  Bola Tinubu.

The anti-graft agency is also said to have taken steps to widen Tinubu’s probe.

Already, the EFCC, it was learnt, has written to the Code of Conduct Bureau, requesting copies of the APC national leader’s asset declaration form.

According to a copy of the letter published by an online news medium,  The Peoples Gazette, Tinubu’s probe began in 2020 following the sack removal of the former EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The letter dated November 6, 2020 and marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, was signed by the former head of the anti-graft agency’s Lagos zonal office, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is now the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.

The letter party read, “In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish the commission with the outstanding requested information of Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.

“This request is made pursuant to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the EFCC Act 2004.”

EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.

He did not answer his calls and did not reply SMS sent to his phone.

But FirstNews learnt that the renewed probe of Tinubu was in response to earlier petitions, which were written against the APC stalwart since 2018 but which Magu did not look into.

An EFCC source confirmed the authenticity of the letter, disclosing that the anti-graft agency was in possession of series of petitions against Tinubu with the one on Alpha Beta as the latest.

Recall that a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta Consulting, Mr. Dapo Apara, had petitioned the EFCC, accusing the firm he also alleged to be secretly owned by Tinubu, of tax evasion.

According to the writ of summons marked LD/7330GCMW/2020, Apara asked the respondents to appear before the court within 42 days or risk judgment being given in their absence.

Apara also dragged Tinubu himself before the court in a separate suit.

The former Alpha Beta boss, in his statement of claim, stated that Tinubu controlled the company which was receiving 10 per cent of the taxes collected on behalf of Lagos State.

He said being the then MD of the company, he began probing into its finances.

Apara made many startling discoveries such as mysterious transfers of over N20bn to various companies.

He stated, “N550million payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 15/5/18 N850million payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 14/3/15.”

The claimant said N960 million was spent on purchasing HITV’s 300,000,000 shares.

Apara noted that Tinubu, who later discovered his probe of the company’s finances, got angry and ordered his demotion and masterminded the plot that led to his eventual exit.

But Alpha Beta Tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta LLP, denied Apara’s allegations, accusing him of diverting about $5m during his tenure as managing director through contract inflation to the tune of about $300,000. The firm also accused its former MD of diverting another N6bn to personal use.

Alpha Beta said it had lodged a report on its former MD’s alleged fraud with the relevant anti-graft bodies. Apara has, however, refused to return to Nigeria from Dubai to prove his claims and allegations.

It, therefore, dismissed Apara’s allegations against Tinubu as misleading and diversionary.

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