Foremost anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vow to conduct a thorough investigation on the national leader of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu for driving bullion vans into his Ikoyi, Lagos residential house on the eve of the 2019 genral elections
Although the anti-corruption agency failed to make any comment when questioned if it had launched an investigation on the former Lagos State number one citizen and national elader of the ruling All Progressive Congress,APC,
Nigeria citizens have been putting pressure on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to launch an investigation on Tinubu after the APC leader was filmed receiving two armored vehicles suspected to be loaded with huge cash in his house.
This raised controversy because it happened just less 24 hours to the presidential poll which took place on February 23.
The national leader of the ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a staunch ally of President Muhammadu Buhari who was contesting for a second term of office at the time.
But the former governor of Lagos State said he was not a government contractor and therefore had the right to spend his money as he pleased.
While speaking to newsmen he asked “What is your issue with bullion vans in my house? I have not done any government business in the last five years. So I didn’t steal government money.
“And the bullion van was not said to contain election materials. So what offence have I committed?
“I decide where to keep it (money) and how to keep it.”
Critics said there was no doubt the vehicles were conveying cash to bribe voters with, especially since such trucks are used in Nigeria almost exclusively to convey cash by banks, government institutions and cash-in-transit firms.
Mr Tinubu’s action was widely deemed contrary to Nigerian anti-money laundering laws, which places a cap of N5 million ( about $14,000) on cash handling by individuals.
The former Lagos governor admitted the next day that the bullion vans were conveying money to his house, but he defended his action as out of public’s interest because he was not a government official.
“Who are those watching my house and looking at bullion vans, they must be mischief makers,” Tinubu said.
He said the claims that bullion vans coming out of his premises, does not in any way signify that his party is plotting to rig the elections as some have speculated.
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