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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Bowen University sacks over 100 workers; says decision is necessary to sustain school

The Coronavirus pandemic has continued to affect the country’s economy, leading to mass retrenchment.

Bowen University has now joined the growing list of organizations downsizing to stay afloat.

According to reports, the private university located at Iwo in Osun State, sacked over 100 workers on Tuesday, June 23.

It was gathered that the sacked staffers received their letters of disengagement through email late on Tuesday.

One of the affected staff said the school claimed that the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic was the reason for the retrenchment.

The mass retrenchment is reportedly “generating tension on the campus” and some are threatening to protest the action.

An affected staff said: “Over 100 of us are affected and we may resort to violence because the reason for the sack was not genuine.

“The Vice Chancellor, Prof Joshua Ogunwole, recently bought a vehicle worth over N42 million despite the economic situation. So you can see that it is caused by wickedness and insensitivity.”

University spokesman Toba Adaramola confirmed that the institution sacked some workers, including academic and non-academic staff. He said about 8-10% of the workforce was affected.

He said: “The decision affected those in academics and non-academic staff.

“In August 2018, it was discovered that the university is heading toward inflection point and the management deliberated on the reasons for the inflection.

“It was discovered that change of culture was part of the problem. Hence we embraced technology and so many staffers were no longer needed to perform certain duties.

“Although it is a painful decision but one that is necessary to sustain the university since it is not public institution that can rely on any subvention apart from the fees it charged its students.”

COVID-19: Private schools say they would participate in WASSCE

Private schools across the country have said they are ready to participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) being conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) despite the stance of the federal government that no Nigerian school would participate in the exams.

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, had announced that Nigerian schools would not participate in the (WASSCE) scheduled to hold from August 5 to September 5, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But private schools across the country have differed with the ministry of education over the issue, Premium Times reported.

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has appealed to the federal government to reconsider its position on WASSCE.

NAPPS president, Yomi Otubela, said the association on Tuesday, July 14, would make a formal appeal to the government to change its stance on the issue.

He said private schools have adhered to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) advise by putting COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect students who intend to sit for the exams.

[Music] Akon Ft. Wizkid – Escape

Akon teams up with the Starboy, Wizkid on this new tune titled “Escape“

We can all recall how Wizkid also have Akon on his album “Ayo” released in 2014 in a track titled “For You

The Synergy between Akon and Wizkid is amazing as we witnessed in their first collabo and now this new tune “Escape

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[Music] Timiwizzy – Thank you lord

Timiwizzy pulls out his second body of work, after the success of his first single Track featuring Popular Trap star Dablix  which was released few days ago

Raising Nigerian Singer  “Timiwizzy”  cook  another classic project titled “Thank You lord ”.

Listen to – Timiwizzy Ft Dablix – Who goes there 

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[Music] Timiwizzy Ft Dablixx – Who Goes There

Talented artiste Adiatu Timileyin  , popularly know as Timiwizzy  has released his New single featuring   Original Gangster  Music star, Dablix Osha. Pheeky

The song which is titled “Who Goes there” came with a whole lots of lyrical creativity from both artistes.

This new song comes with the type of catchy and sensational vibes that is sure to get you excited and keep you up on your feet as you dance to the groove

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[Music] Davido Ft. Dremo, Peruzzi & The Flowolf – Mafa Mafa

We finally got our hands on The Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) new song “Mafa Mafa” featuring Davido, The Flowolf, Peruzzi and Dremo.

DMW gang hopes to spice up this hard times with this new banger being their single as a team in 2020.

Mafa Mafa’ was produced by Nackademus and was mixed/mastered by STG.

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