IT BEGINS: Tinubu already in corruption scandal barely a day after declaring presidential interest

There is probably more to come.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

/ by National Pivot

Barely a day following Tinubu's Monday meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, where he formally declared his interest to run for the 2023 presidential election, the APC leader is already a target of corruption allegation.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, Tinubu has been accused by Transparency Nigeria Group (TNG), of engaging in a massive fraudulent scheme through companies associated with him.

According to the group which referred to a story dated November 23, 2020 by Peoples Gazette, bank records showed that Ocean Trust Limited, a company linked to Tinubu, shuffled billions of naira between its accounts with Wema Bank.

In a statement through its Communications Director, Dahiru Mohammed, TNG also called on the Nigerian Central Bank to remove the CEO of Wema Bank, Ademola Adebise, for his role in aiding Tinubu "to use Wema Bank as a clearing house for laundered funds." 

According to the report, Ocean Trust summarily moved a total of N16.4billion from its operations accounts into a fixed deposit account all domiciled in Wema Bank, transaction between January and June 2019. 

On January 2, 2019, Ocean Trust moved N1.5billion from its 0702892574 Wema Bank account to another 0122613238 account within Wema Bank. 

The description for the transaction was labelled “Closure proceeds”. 

A week after on January 9, N800million was transferred to the same bank account.

On January 16, 2019, N500million was also transferred to the same account. N1.5 billion, N800 million, and N500 million were transferred to the 0122613238 Ocean Trust account on February 1, February 8 and February 15 in 2019, respectively. 

The same account got N1.5 billion on March 4, while N800 million and N500 million were transferred on March 11 and 18, 2019. 

On April 3, the account received yet another N1.5billion while N800million was credited to it on April 10 and another N500million on April 17. 

N1.5 billion was moved to the account on May 3 while N600million and N500million were credited to the account on May 10 and May 17 respectively. 

On June 3, N1.5billion was transferred to the Ocean Trust account with another N600million on June 10 and another N500million on June 17.

It is not the first time Tinubu has accused of corruption, with a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, particularly claiming he has documents to nail Tinubu should they go to court. 

George who spoke during an appearance on Arise News’ ‘The Morning Show’ anchored by Dr. Reuben Abati, Tundun Abiola and Rufai Oseni, said Tinubu is a corrupt man, and he's not ready to accept a corrupt clown as his head.

Warned that he could be sued by Tinubu for defamation, George said, “Let us go to court so we both will be talking under oath. I am saying these allegations we have documents. EFCC has been investigating.

“The former managing director of Alpha Beta himself stated black and white how they have been siphoning the money of the Lagos state treasury…let him take me to court.

“We will go there, I will say my own and the papers will be there and let him defend himself. First of all, we want the original certificate of the University he claims he attended and exactly what is his own real name.

“Look, you want to get a clown to be your head, what you would breed would be a pool of clowns. We need people and there are people in this country. I am ready if he wants to take me to court.

“Bola Tinubu is an ‘Emperor’, God bless you if you are not part of his own line. You know what happened in the last election. Have you ever heard anywhere in the world where you have a bullion van on the day of election?

“Were they carrying food to his house? He was not arrested, he was not cocooned, he was not containerised and taken to the cooler.

“These are not things he had done in the dark..openly. So, why are you saying Bode George is this and all that, it is absolute nonsense,”

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