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CCB in disarray as Bola Tinubu’s case file disappears from asset declaration vault

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Officers on the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) are in panic mode after data regarding former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu’s asset declaration instantly disappeared from the storage facility that has held them for years.

The disappearance of the case file would possibly frustrate corruption investigation into Tinubu’s asset by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).

It was gathered that the CCB began in search of Tinubu’s asset filings after the EFCC requested copies as a part of an ongoing investigation into the previous Lagos governor’s monetary and materials possessions.

“We’ve looked for the case file all over the place as a result of we wish to adjust to the lawful request made by the EFCC,” a prime administration official on the bureau advised PeoplesGazette. “We’ve not been capable of finding the paperwork both on the important head workplace or the annexe workplace in Asokoro.”

One other official who interacted with one of many mid-level staffers tasked with discovering the paperwork stated the matter had develop into “terribly embarrassing” and a trigger for never-ending fear on the bureau, which is the first anti-corruption company accountable for accumulating and preserve property of schedule authorities officers earlier than and after assumption of workplace.

“We can not discover the asset paperwork in any respect,” the official stated. “We can not even discover photocopies that we are able to certify for the EFCC.”

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Anti-graft companies had beforehand investigated and charged Tinubu on the premise of the paperwork in 2011, however the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which primarily hears circumstances introduced by the bureau, dismissed the matter on technical grounds, leaving the advantage of the case floating for almost a decade. No additional expenses had been most well-liked towards the ruling social gathering chief ever since.

However as he prepares to hunt Nigeria’s presidency in 2023, anti-corruption officers advised the Gazette they’re now satisfied by “institutional reminiscence” that Mr. Tinubu’s asset filings had been incriminating and should revisit the matter to stop “one other rogue” from assuming energy in a rustic nonetheless reeling from a long time of infamy.

Though the EFCC has but to escalate the disappearance of Tinubu’s asset filings to the presidency, issues have nonetheless been flaring amongst prime officers of the CCB, an official stated. Whereas some officers believed the doc may need been stolen by an intruder, others blamed “an inside job” for the event, citing its safety.

“Tinubu’s file is among the VVIP information that’s saved with both the chairman or somebody he trusts immensely,” an official stated. “So claiming that it was stolen from an outsider on the time the EFCC is requesting for it’s simply so handy.”

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The official stated an inside investigation has but to start concerning the disappearance, however the EFCC is perhaps pressured to report the CCB, which is a division underneath the federal cupboard secretary’s workplace.

“We don’t know what number of palms have been oiled to make a delicate doc disappeared from our vault,” the CCB chief stated. “We’re not going responsible Tinubu for it as a result of he didn’t are available right here to grab it from us, some folks had been used.”

Recall that the EFCC in November 2020 requested CCB to share the small print of Tinubu’s asset paperwork as a part of an ongoing probe of the APC chieftain

The letter marked: CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020, was signed by the then Lagos zonal head, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who’s now the Chairman of the EFCC.

Within the letter by the EFCC, the fee had stated, “In view of the above, you’re kindly requested to furnish the fee with the excellent requested info of Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.

“This request is made pursuant to Part 38(1) and (2) of the EFCC Act 2004.”

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Nevertheless, a senior EFCC official confirmed the letter’s authenticity, including that it was a part of a broader probe.

The official, who wished to stay nameless, stated the probe was a sequel to some petitions written towards Tinubu since 2018, which Magu had did not act on.

The supply stated, “The letter is genuine. The EFCC receives a number of petitions towards Tinubu, together with one involving alleged fraud in Alpha Beta Consulting.”

Reacting, Tinubu had stated he has not acquired any letter from the CCB searching for his asset declaration kind.

The media aide to the previous governor, Tunde Rahman, stated the EFCC has additionally not invited Tinubu for any questioning.

He stated he has no information about such a letter, including that any particulars about such a letter if it was certainly written, had been with the CCB, and never along with his principal.

“All of the experiences say that the EFCC wrote a letter to the CCB, searching for details about Asiwaju’s declaration kind. Why don’t you contact the CCB if any such letter was written to us? I don’t know; I don’t have any response to that. Contact the CCB if the letter was written to them,” he stated.

SOURCE: NAIJA NEWS

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