FACT CHECK: Tinubu’s Fraud Cases Linger In Court Amidst 2023 Presidential Ambition

Former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has court cases surrounding massive fraud hanging on his neck as his supporters and representatives drum support for him for the 2023 presidency.

According to fact checks by SaharaReporters, the fraud cases against Tinubu date back to 1998, raising questions about how the former governor could delay the axing of the law.

The APC leader has yet to go on record to declare his 2023 ambition, although many of his godfathers are already at the forefront of negotiations with stakeholders, first in the South-West region.

On February 18, 2009, SaharaReporters obtained original copies of a verdict in the case of the United States v. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in which Tinubu was charged (along with other defendants) in a case of massive drug trafficking and money laundering.

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This verdict is directly related to (and further documents) the September 16, 2008 SaharaReporters report – How U.S. Federal Agents Successfully Linked Tinubu to Drug Trafficking Ring in Chicago.

The United States of America, through its attorney, Michael J. Shepard, United States Attorney for Northern District of Illinois, for its verified complaint of forfeiture, stated that “Beginning as early as 1998, Adegboyega Mueez Akande, with others operated an organization that distributed white heroin, a controlled substance under Title 21 of the United States Code.

“This distribution operation was conducted on a large scale and the proceeds from the operation were substantial.”

The judgment stated that the court-ordered: “that the funds in the amount of $460,000 in the account in the name of Bola Tinubu constituted proceeds of narcotics or were involved in financial transactions in violation of 18 U.S.C ss 1956 and 1957, and that such funds are therefore forfeited to the United States.”

After a protracted legal battle in which Bola Tinubu claimed that the funds rightfully belonged to him, his wife Oluremi Tinubu, and his surrogate mother, one Alhaja Mogaji, Bola Tinubu finally opted for an agreed settlement with the U.S. government.

Under the settlement order, dated September 15, 1993, the Honorable Judge John A. Nordberg ordered that the sum of $460,000 held by Bola Tinubu in the First Heritage Bank account be forfeited to the United States government.

MA bigger scandal was uncovered in 2018 when Alpa Beta, a consulting firm owned by Bola Tinubu, was caught at the centre of a N100 billion fraud, tax evasion and money laundering petition by Mr. Dapo Apara, its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

According to Apara’s petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Alpha Beta “has become an avenue for official corruption by government officials, a conduit for massive money laundering, tax evasion and other vices.”

In the petition sent on his behalf by Adetunji Adegboyega ESG, his lawyers, Apara said: “Over the years, the company has been protected and shielded by some powerful politicians and people in the society, which made them to always boast of being untouchable, but our client, who feels the need not to be silent again, and strengthened by his belief in the fact that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is bent on fighting corruption which has been the bane of our country, strongly believes that it is time to expose and open the can of worms called Alpha Beta Consulting. “

Alpha Beta first came to prominence when it was appointed as a consultant to the Lagos State Government, arguably its first client, during the tenure of Babatunde Fowler as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue from 2005 to 2014.

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The company received the appointment when Tinubu was governor of Lagos State. Speculation, which has not dissipated since is that Tinubu wholly owns the company or is a major shareholder.

In this regard, the state has also never denied the claim that the company collects about 10 per cent of Lagos’ internally generated revenue, which was estimated at about N40 billion per month in 2016.

The court case was still ongoing when hoodlums burnt the documents on October 27, 2020, during the rampaging #EndSARS violence in the state.

The court papers, which contained charges against Tinubu and his tax consulting firm, Alpha Beta Consulting, run by a former managing director, Dapo Apara, were burned, according to Tade Ipadeola, Apara’s lawyer.

“Everything in Igbosere High Court was burnt, including the copy of the registrar of our suit. In fact, the whole building has been burnt to ashes. So we will have to re-file the suit. The office has been relocated to Ikeja.

“We may have to re-file the case in the Ikeja High Court, but we have not yet been directed to do so,” he said on October 27, 2020.

Apara had alleged in the documents that Tinubu suspiciously diverted N22,360,000,000 and $4,396,063 from the firm’s account to that of Vintage Press Ltd, the publisher of The Nation newspaper.

In a summons with case number LD/7330GCMW/2020 filed at a Lagos court, Apara, who claims to own a 30 per cent stake in the firm, alleged that the former governor failed to honour certain agreements made in the past regarding the management and control of the consulting firm.

Other fronts used by Tinubu, according to the former Alpha Beta boss, are Olumide Ogunmola and Tunde Badejo.

In his statement of claim, Apara said that during a review of the company’s account, he discovered that huge sums of money earned by the company over the years were not accounted for in the account.

He also revealed how Tinubu used Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as a front to set up the company.

Alpha Beta Consulting was awarded a contract by the Lagos State government when Tinubu was governor of the state, following a recommendation by a committee comprising the then Attorney General of Lagos State, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (now Vice President of Nigeria), the then Commissioner for Finance, Wale Edun, and the former Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Yemi Cardoso.

The firm was then given exclusive rights to collect taxes on behalf of the Lagos State government and was believed to receive about 10 per cent commission from the revenue it collected for the state.

Pro-transparency groups and opposition politicians, however, had consistently claimed that Tinubu owned Alpha Beta, although his name did not appear in any of the company’s documents.

Although both Tinubu and Alpha Beta denied the allegations, they had to provide counter-evidence as the former governor’s cronies continued to work on his supposed presidential ambitions for 2023.

 

 

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Bauchi Gov. Bala Mohammed Begs Fulani Herdsmen To Drop AK-47

Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, has pleaded with Fulani herdsmen not to carry AK-47 rifles.

He insisted that his earlier comment on herders carrying AK-47 was figurative.

Mohammed, who had defended herdsmen for wielding sophisticated weapons, saying it was for their self-defence, pleaded with the animal readers to be peaceful.

He made the plea while addressing herders at the launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch, Bauchi, on Wednesday,

He said that Fulani herdsmen have remained peaceful, humble, simple, and humane even in the face of trouble.

He said, “What I will do, I will not say it here, but I will do everything possible to make sure I protect you and lend support to you because I know you mean well,” he said.

“Through time and history, you have been seen to be cajoled, and lampooned but you remained humane, you remained simple, you don’t show so much aggression and of course, that humility is always what we recognized and this is what a character that should always try to show.

“Please, don’t carry the AK-47 that I made a figurative allusion to. Try to make sure that you remain peaceful.”

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Rejected Fan Who Tattooed Ka3na On Her Body Lands In Hospital After Allegedly Taking Poison

The lady who tattooed Ka3na’s name on her body and got rejected by the celebrity has reportedly taking poison and landed in hospital.

The story had spread like wildfire across the internet after Ka3na who had initially tweeted she wanted a fan to tatto her name on their body hit back at a fan who did.

Different celebrities and social media users have reacted to this story and now there is another twist to it.

According to the update and a video shared by popular Instagram blog, Gistlover, the lady had taken a poisonous substance and now has landed in the hospital.

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Bursted! Driver Arrested While Allegedly Fleeing With His Boss’s Car In Ogun (Photo)

The Men of Ogun State police command have arrested one Mr Eyo Eta, pictured above, for allegedly running away with the car of his boss, a Toyota Highlander with registration number APP 467 GS.

The spokesperson of the state police command Abimbola Oyeyemi, says the suspect was accosted by men of Federal highway patrol at about 9:30 pm at Imeri juncture Ijebu Mushin heading to Benin.

”When he was stopped by the policemen, he was unable to give satisfactory answers to all the questions posed to him and he was subsequently taken to the station for more questioning. It was at the station that he confessed to taking the car away to Benin City unknown to the owner of the car.

The DPO Ijebu Mushin, CSP Hillary Simire there and then placed a call to the owner of the car who identified himself simply as Omopariola, who explains to the police on the phone that the driver ran away with the vehicle from Lagos and that he had already reported the case to the police.” a statement from Oyeyemi reads

The spokesperson added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

 

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Why Women Do Cosmetic Surgery – Toke Makinwa Spills

Controversial Nigerian media personality, Toke Makinwa has revealed that women do cosmetic surgery to look good for themselves and not to impress men.

According to the divorced media girl and serial entrepreneur via Twitter, disclosed the boob job and cosmetic surgery women undergo is not for men but for themselves. She also went further to add that women are doing things for themselves and not for the attention of men.

Read her tweet below;

“That boob job is not for you, maybe she loves how her boobs look in cloths, that liposuction??? She wasn’t thinking of a man, she probably got tired of fighting fat that won’t shift. Women look good for themselves and not to impress men.

Overhead a couple of guys talking about women and cosmetic surgery, dear men, I know you love to think that the whole existence of a woman is to pursue you or try to live for you but pls take this from me, women are doing things to look good for themselves, it ain’t about you.

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Third Mainland Bridge To Be Closed Throughout Saturday, February 27

Third Mainland Bridge Would be closed All through Saturday, 27th February 2021 (12:01 am – 11:59 pm) for the removal of equipment used for the replacement of expansion joints, among others.

Basemedia recalls that the Federal Government earlier announced the Third Mainland Bridge would be opened at the end of the month.

This disclosure was made by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, in a telephone conversation.

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STARBOY!!! Wizkid Emerges As The ‘Most Awarded Artiste’ In Headies History (See The Full List)

With his dual Award winnings at the just concluded 14th headies award, Wizkid became the Artiste with the most Headies Winnings in history.

It was a great night for Wizkid at the #14thHeadies held at Eko Convention Centre on Sunday 21 February, as he emerges winner of the artiste of the year category and becomes the most awarded artiste in history, beating the likes of MayorkunDavidoBurna Boy and Tiwa Savage, thus making Wizkid is the most awarded artist in headies history.

He also won the viewers choice category, making him the most awarded artist in the history of the award show, with the sum of 11 total awards, 3-time artiste of the year winner since 2012, the most by any Nigerian artist, he won artiste of the year in 2012, 2016 and 2020.

Headies award is one of the biggest and most prestigious awards in the Nigeria music industry, launched in 2006, it is regarded as the cultural and grassroots award ceremony, honouring Nigeria hardworking artists.

Below are the top 10 artists with the most awards in headies history;

1. Wizkid – 11 awards

2. Mode 9 – 9 Awards

3. 2Baba – 8 Awards

4. Wande Coal – 7 Awards

5. Olamide – 7 Awards

6. Psquare – 6 Awards

7. M.I Abaga- 6 Awards

8. Davido – 5 Awards

9. Timi Dakolo – 5 Awards

10. 9ice – 5 awards

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Download Music: Davido – A Better Time (Full Album)

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[Music] Mohbad Ft. Naira Marley & Lil Kesh – Ponmo Sweet

Marlian Music recording artist, Mohbad dishes out a new single titled “Ponmo Sweet“.

Mohbad’s new song “Ponmo Sweet” features label Boss, Naira Marley and YAGI Records frontier, Lil Kesh.

Meanwhile, the new entry comes after his well-accepted record and visual for “Overhype“.

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[Music] Reekado Banks Ft. Wizkid – Omo Olomo

Reekado Ft wizkid ;- omo olomo 

Omo Olomo” comes shortly after releasing his last track “Need More” which featured Kida Kudz and EO released back in September.

The new song was produced by serial hit-maker, Blaise Beat.

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