EFCC Chairman turns down inquiry over petition on Tinubu’s bullion vans

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has refused to answer inquiries regarding the failure of the anti-graft agency to probe the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

This petition to EFCC is related to the sighting of cash-carrying bullion vans seen at his home on the eve of this year’s presidential election.

The armoured vehicles usually deliver large sums of money to banks.

Photos had circulated online of two bullion vans entering Mr Tinubu’s property in Lagos on February 22.

Tinubu’s action was also widely deemed as violating Nigeria’s anti-money laundering laws.

The leader of the APC later admitted the bullion vans were conveying money to his house, but defended his action, saying he did nothing wrong because he was not a government official.

Meanwhile, it was garnered that a section of Nigerians had pressured the EFCC to initiate a money-laundering probe against Tinubu.

 

Several months after the incident, the EFCC has refused to probe the case despite mounting calls from Nigerians and civil society organisations.

In October, the EFCC said on Twitter it failed to act because there was no petition.

The agency dared a social media activist, Segun Awosanya, to send a petition against Tinubu.

In response to the challenge, political activist, Deji Adeyanju; on October 25 filed a formal petition demanding an investigation into the matter.

Adeyanju addressed the letter to the EFCC Chairman.

Speaking on Friday, November 1, Magu avoided a question on the matter.

He was addressing a press briefing on internet fraud at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Asked what he was doing about the petition, Magu responded as; “Do you expect me to respond on the petition?”

He did not give further details.

Ng daily

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