#BullionVanGate: We’ll Be Surprised If EFCC Investigates Tinubu – Afenifere
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The Pan Yoruba Socio-Political organisation, Afenifere said it will be surprised if the the Economic and Financial Crime Commission commences investigation of All Progressive Congress (APC) National leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu following the reports that the convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju has submitted petition to the commission over the source of money allegedly conveyed in Bullion Vans to his residence on the eve of general election of february 2019.
Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday said “It would be a surprise to see the anti-graft agency finding in corruption in APC.
What would be the basis of Oshiomhole’s open invitation to thieves to come to APC and have their sins washed in the blood of ‘change’ if EFCC begins to see corruption in the ruling party ?” Adeyanju, on Friday had petitioned the EFCC to investigate the source of money allegedly conveyed in bullion vans to the home of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu on the eve of the 2019 presidential election.
EFCC 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.
“To the best of our knowledge, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a private citizen who ordinarily should not be seen with a convoy of Bullion Vans,” Adeyanju said after submitting the petition.
The petition reads, “The commission would recall that it was reported all over the news that Bullion Vans allegedly containing an undisclosed amount of cash were seen entering the home of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State on the eve of Nigeria presidential elections.
Tinubu himself admitted to this fact while responding to questioning by journalists.” Adeyanju wants the anti-graft agency to answer these questions: “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 elections? “Has the commission, based on its core mandates, investigated the source of the Bullion Vans? “Is Bola Ahmed Tinubu house, now a bank where Bullion Vans now take money to?” Loading… Adeyanju called on the commission to swing into action and begin an investigation into the appearance of those Bullion Vans.
“We cannot as a nation have two separate rules for fighting corruption, one for those opposed to the ruling party and another for supporters of the government.”
He commended the commission for its continuous efforts in its fight against corruption. Adeyanju noted that Tinubu’s case “If properly investigated and prosecuted diligently will assure Nigerians of the commission’s willingness to fight corruption that is devoid of party affiliations.”
It would be recalled that the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu had assured Nigerians at a press briefing on 12, November 2018 that the commission would commence an investigation immediately it receives a petition to investigate Tinubu.
“If you are really interested, write a petition and see whether I won’t act. It is not for us to listen to people on the radio and begin to act.
“Yes, we have intelligence but the surest way to get action is to go and write a petition and substantiate the contents of the petition and see whether I will not act,” Magu said.
Efforts by Saturday INDEPENDENT to confirm if the commission had actually received the petition and if it has equally commenced investigation into the allegations proved abortive as the EFCC chairman, Magu, neither picked our calls nor respond to text messages. Similarly, the spokesman, Wilson Uwujare, who assured to get back to us failed to, as at the time of filing this report.