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Tinubu And His United States Alleged Drug Case

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By Kenneth Okonkwo

Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerged the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in a keenly contested presidential primary election held recently. He made it clear that to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been his life-long ambition. He publicly declared that it was his turn to be President. He so much felt that it was his entitlement to be President that he openly chided the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, for daring to contest against him in the presidential primary election.

He dispatched Ahmed to lick his wounds after trouncing him to the fourth position during the primary. It was only recently that he declared that he has forgiven Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for daring to contest with him. I do not know when contesting elections has become a sin or crime that requires forgiveness from a Bola Tinubu.

Unfortunately for Tinubu, the surfacing of his drug dealings in the US has put paid to his ambition to be President. In addition to the incontrovertible evidence as stated in the verified complaint for forfeiture and the affidavit in support of the complaint, and the terms of forfeiture and compromise made by Tinubu in the case, it has been put beyond doubt that Tinubu was not only a narcotic trafficker and money launderer, he was also a tax fraudster and a man that is incapable of telling the truth.

A lot of his spokespersons have tried to do damage control on this matter, but as hard as they try, they end up exposing Tinubu the more.

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Preliminarily, the heading of the Court revealed that the case was between the United States of America as Plaintiff and the Funds in Account 263226700 held by First Heritage Bank in the name of Bola Tinubu; Funds in Accounts 39483134, 39483396, 4650279566, 00400220, 39936404, 39936383 held by Citibank, N. A. in the name of Bola Tinubu and Funds in Accounts 52050-89451952, 52050-89451952, 52050-89451953 held by Citibank, International in the name of Bola Tinubu as Defendants.

This again puts it beyond doubt that it was money gotten by Tinubu through criminal activities that are the subjects of litigation by American government because nobody can move against anybody’s money in the bank without satisfying a Court that they are proceeds of crime. A Court must issue an order before you can access the details of anybody’s account in the bank because the bank is under a fiduciary duty to its clients of non-disclosure without a court order.

This process of litigation is sui generis (of it’s own unique kind) which enables American government to seize the property of Defendants and compel their forfeiture by the Defendants through a civil process which can be proceeded against without their physical presence and at a lower cost to America and a higher gain to America.

Usually, when such fraudsters learn that they are under investigation for drug and other related crimes, they simply vanish back to their countries and avoid travelling to America and this makes criminal proceeding against them difficult. Embarking on this civil proceeding for forfeiture provides opportunity for the United States Government to achieve the same penalty on the defendant through civil process which they would have achieved through criminal process if it had the criminal in its hands.

This is why those criminals avoid travelling to America no matter how sick. Forfeiture is simply defined as the loss or giving up of something as a penalty for wrongdoing. In law, it means losing a right, privilege, or property without compensation as a consequence of violating the law.

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Specifically, the case against Tinubu was a forfeiture action under the United States laws against funds located in the above-described accounts, which were seized pursuant to a court order because the defendant funds represent proceeds of narcotics trafficking and further represent property involved in money laundering in violation of United States laws. (Please see paragraphs 1 – 6 of the Verified Complaint For Forfeiture) as stated by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Michael J. Shepard.

Bola Tinubu was given notice to appear and show cause why the forfeiture should not be decreed (See paragraphs 1 and 2 of the United States requests in the Verified Complaint For Forfeiture), but rather than appearing to show cause, Tinubu accepted legally to forfeit the funds, to the tune of $460,000.00, and even went further to state in writing that he will never sue the US Government and all the individuals involved in seizing his money in the banks, signifying unequivocally an admission to all the allegations against him.

For the avoidance of doubt, the US Government and Tinubu agreed to settle and to compromise this case upon terms presented to the Court ( See paragraph 3 of the Stipulation and Compromise Settlement of Claims to the Funds held by Heritage Bank and Citibank; See paragraph f of the Decree of Forfeiture as to Funds held by First Heritage Bank). Pursuant to the stipulation for compromise settlement, the Court ORDERED that the funds in the amount of $460,000 in account 263226700 held by First Heritage Bank in the name of Bola Tinubu represent proceeds of narcotics trafficking or were involved in financial transactions in violation of US Laws and therefore these funds are forfeited to the United States pursuant to US Laws; it is further ORDERED that First Heritage Bank shall issue a check in the amount of $460,000 payable to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and that these funds shall be disposed of according to law. (See paragraph j of the Decree of Forfeiture as to Funds held by First Heritage Bank).

It is disheartening that some spokespersons of the All Progressives Congress, including some Lawyers, and even a Senior Advocate of Nigeria will openly lie to Nigerians about Tinubu and his drug case in the United States. A judgement of a Court in law represents the position of the law.

As can be seen above, the judgement of the Court of Illinois, USA is that Tinubu is a narcotic trafficker and a money launderer and that was the only basis for an order of forfeiture. Who is that Lawyer that will advise his client to forfeit a whooping sum of $460,000 (Almost about N460,000,000.00, as the naira is moving close to N1,000 to one $ in APC government) in a country that upholds the rule of law like America, if the client wasn’t liable or guilty as the case may be.

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According to the investigation conducted by the United States FBI, IRS DEA etc, and more specifically stated by Special Agent Kevin Moss in paragraphs 11 – 14, 21 of the Affidavit in support of the Verified Complaint for Forfeiture, Tinubu was engaged as a narcotic white heroin dealer by a powerful Nigerian drug baron for various duties in the distribution organisation. The drug baron was the person that introduced Tinubu to First Heritage Bank in Illinois, USA, where he opened his account with $1,000 in December, 1989.

Five days after opening the account, $80,000 was deposited into the account through wire transfer from a bank in Houston, Texas by the drug baron. Millions of dollars were later to be transferred into the account in furtherance of the lubrication of the illicit drug trafficking and money laundering criminal activities of this distribution network (See paragraphs 22 – 24 of the Affidavit in support of the Verified Complaint for Forfeiture)

A lot of untruthful spokespersons have stated that Tinubu made his money through being a Treasurer in Mobil Oil Nigeria Ltd. The averments in the affidavit proved otherwise. Whilst it’s true that Tinubu was a Treasurer with Mobil, Tinubu stated himself that his salary in Mobil was $2,400 per month and that he had no other sources of income. (See paragraph 27 of the Affidavit in support of the Verified Complaint for Forfeiture). Where is the source of the millions of dollars in his account?

The source is proved to be from narcotic trafficking and money laundering. Another lie is that it was for the reason of tax fraud, specifically, non-payment of tax that his money was seized. Tax fraud wasn’t even mentioned as one of the crimes for investigation. Tax fraud was discovered as an additional offence committed by Tinubu when he invested money in interest yielding deposit accounts and failed to file tax returns since 1984.

One can see that the issue of failure to file tax returns in 1984 preceded even the opening of the account for drug trafficking in 1989 and this lie should be disregarded as infantile by Nigerians.

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This case also revealed the spirit of dishonesty that resides in Bola Tinubu. In paragraphs 40 – 41 of the Affidavit in support of the Verified Complaint for Forfeiture, Tinubu admitted on January 13, 1992, that the drug barons were his associates both in Nigeria and the United States of America and that the money he used to open his account in First Heritage Bank was from the drug barons.

Then he didn’t know the reasons for the inquiry. When he realised the reasons for the injury, by January 30-31, 1992, Tinubu advised agents investigating the matter that he had no business association or financial relationship with the drug barons. The investigators categorically made it clear that he contradicted his earlier information of January 13, 1992. He also denied the ownership of some accounts in some banks in United States of America which was found to be false. (See paragraph 47 of the Affidavit in support of the Verified Complaint for Forfeiture).

The conclusion of the United States Government that Tinubu is a drug trafficker, money launderer, tax fraudster and a dishonest person have also been replicated at home through complete dishonesty as to his ancestral origin, primary school and secondary school certificates which are hidden in mystery. His age declarations which are often believed to be contradictory that has earned him the famous title of Charly Boy’s younger brother. His health status which has rendered him too frail and weak and unfit to run for the office of President.

In view of these revealed facts, it is now certain that any politician, President, both former and present, Governor, indeed any member of the Legislature, Executive or Judiciary or any citizen of Nigeria, who after going through these facts exposed about Tinubu by an independent investigator and still support Tinubu for President come 2023 is corrupt himself or herself but above all is mentally unbalanced to hold any political office in Nigeria.

Anytime you see any citizen with Tinubu campaigning, that person has become an accomplice to criminality of Tinubu and that person should be avoided with Tinubu by Nigerians. This country deserves better than drug traffickers, money launderers and dishonest people as President in 2023. The 2023 election is about character, competence and capacity and any candidate short of these traits is unqualified for the exalted post of the President.

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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States

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The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.

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“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”

 

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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life

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Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.

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While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”

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Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks

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The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.

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DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.

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ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

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  • Source: Independent

 

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