Thursday, 12 April 2018

Bola Tinubu’s Criminal Past cannot be overlooked, for the sake of good democratic practice in Nigeria

                                                                    Senator Bola Tinubu

1)     Forgery allegations have earlier been the subject of a legal tussle between Senator Bola Tinubu
and Former Lagos lawyer,  Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

Top among his crimes are drug and money laundering–related crime which had led to the confiscation of Senator Bola Tinubu’s 460,000 US dollars (about N62 million) by a US court in 1993.

Senator Tinubu was docked at the US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois State in relation to the charges. According to the petition, the records show that an American Special Agent, Kevin Moss, had deposed to an affidavit, alleging that Senator Bola Tinubu was probably involved in illicit drug and money laundering activities in violation of US laws 18 USC SS 1956 and 1957.

The agent also averred that the money held in Senator Bola Tinubu’s and his company’s accounts at the US First Heritage Bank, N.A. and Citibank International "represents the proceeds of drug trafficking, making the fund in the accounts forfeitable to the United States, pursuant to 18 USC S981 and 21 USC S881."

Any doubt as to the veracity of the depositions of Special Agent Kevin Moss in terms of the forgoing is erased by the fact that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu engaged the US procedure of Plea bargain which resulted in the US court confiscating the $460,000 in the foregoing terms on September 15, 1993 by US District Judge John A. Nordberg.

2)  Forgery and falsification of claims relating to his educational and professional qualifications.

Senator Bola Tinubu neither obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Chicago nor was he a Certified Public Accountant as he (Tinubu) claimed in the screening form he submitted to INEC in 1998.

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu never attended either the University of Chicago or the Chicago State University at anytime contrary to his claims. Neither did he obtain any B.Sc degree in Economics or Business Administration from any university. Indeed, he never qualified as a certified public accountant.

3)  Falsification of age.
On Form CF 001, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu claimed to have been born in Lagos on March 29, 1952 whilst by passport No. A158399 issued by the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 16th February 1988, he was entered to have been born on 29th March, 1954 in Iragbiji, a place in Osun State of Nigeria.

4) Senator Bola Tinubu contravened Section 183 of the same constitution while being the Governor of Lagos and simultaneously remaining as a director of Compass Finance and Investment Company Limited.

Records of the CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) in Nigeria confirms that as at 23rd July 2002, Senator Bola Tinubu remains a director of Compass Finance and Investment Company Limited in addition to both Abiodun Agbele and Mueez Akande, identified as his long standing drug and money laundering associates in the Affidavit of Agent Kevin Moss.