With the jostling for the Anambra State governorship position in top gear, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has called on the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, to commence the probe of Senator Andy Uba before the election proper.
CACOL, an anti-corruption group, in a letter to the ICPC Chairman, dated Friday, September 24, 2021, made available to SATURDAY INDEPENDENT, said its attention had been drawn to reports in a section of the media accusing Andy Uba, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State, of alleged unbridled corruption, advance fee fraud and money laundering.
The letter, signed by Debo Adeniran, CACOL Chairman, urged the ICPC to investigate and prosecute if need be, the allegations against Andy Uba, a Nigerian politician, reportedly indicted some years back for allegedly smuggling dollars to the U.S and pounds to the UK.
“We learnt from the publication that Mr. Uba was subject of a U.S investigation into an advance fee fraud scheme, known as 419 in Nigeria, according to the U.S government.
“In the UK, he was barred from entering. The authorities said the Nigerian politician was associated with ‘fraud and other criminal activities, and that ‘his presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good.”
Uba, otherwise known as Emmanuel Uba, according to the report, allegedly ran into trouble with the American government in 2003 for smuggling $170,000 into the U.S, using Nigeria’s presidential aircraft, which flew into New York for a meeting of the United Nations.
He allegedly concealed the bulk cash, failed to declare it at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, and later handed it over to his girlfriend, contrary to the U.S law, which he was familiar with as a regular traveller and as someone who had lived in the U.S before, according to court papers released by the American government.
CACOL disclosed in the letter to the ICPC boss, that the U.S. government seized the $170,000 after going through legal processes in which lawyers allegedly represented Mr. Uba and his girlfriend, Loretta Mabinton.
Uba also allegedly ran into trouble with the UK government and was barred from entering that European country.
“On the basis of your character, conduct and association with fraud and other criminal activities, your presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good and the Home Secretary has therefore decided that you should be excluded from all territories of the United Kingdom,” the UK authorities told Uba in a December 2, 2008 letter informing him of a decision to revoke his multiple visit visa to the UK, a document from a London court revealed.
Despite his being barred, CACOL alleged that Uba reportedly attempted to enter the UK on December 24, 2008, in a private jet, while the UK authorities turned him back at London Luton Airport, after reportedly confiscating a large amount of cash, about €135,000 from him.