A United States court in Northern District of Illinois has linked the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu to multiple accounts as evidence for his involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering.
A judgement docketed on July 26, 1993, and certified by Thomas O. Burton, the clerk of the court, indicted Tinubu for heroin trafficking in the state of Illinois through a proxy organization owned by one Adegboyega Mueez Akande and subsequently forfeited the proceeds of the crime which was about $460,000 to the U.S. government.
Details from the now-circulated court papers show that Michael J. Shepard, the attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said in 1993 that the court has jurisdiction over the case brought to it by special agent Kevin Moss. The document further stated that the funds from the forfeited accounts were proceeds from white heroin drug operations operated by Akande who had a strong and well-connected narcotics business and partners.
However, the document revealed that Judge Michael believes based on indisputable evidence that the funds belonging to Tinubu, which represent a substantial part of the funds, stashed in his Citibank and First Heritage Bank accounts were proceeds from Akande and other narcotraffickers’ heroin operations.
Speaking on the 10 accounts linked to the former governor of Lagos State, the Chief Spokesperson for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, he said Tinubu took responsibility for all the accounts because they were also traced to his mother and “relatives”.
Keyamo insisted that there was no criminal indictment or conviction against Tinubu, alleging that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was behind the reincarnation of the controversial court document.
“The date on the papers flying up and down, the date of certification is 2022, so they are using this to confuse people that these are fresh papers. If documents are 40 years old or 100 years old, once you go to court, and apply for certified true copies of those documents, they will give you those documents but they will stamp the day they are giving you those documents.
“This is what our detractors, the PDP, perhaps that is what they went to the US for when they pretended that they went for high-level engagement. This is part of the high-level engagement they went for,” he said.