Deji Adeyanju Submits Petition On Tinubu’s Bullion Vans To EFCC, Manhandled By Security Operatives

Deji-Adeyanju

Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju on Friday submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Probe a National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for having bullion vans filled with money driven into his house a day before the last general election.

However, according to reports Operatives of the anti-graft agency manhandled journalists at its head office in Abuja as a group of activists, including Adeyanju, submitted the petition.

Other activists who signed the petition were Ariyo-Dare Atoye of the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution; and Adebayo Raphael of the Free Nigeria Movement.

The activists who visited the EFCC head office on Friday morning, addressed the petition to the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, and titled it, ‘Petition to investigate the source of money conveyed in bullion vans to the home of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu on the eve of 2019 presidential election.’

However, while Adeyanju was addressing journalists by the road leading to the EFCC office, armed security details attached to the Commission threatened the activists and journalists, ordering Adeyanju to halt the address.

Two gun-wielding security personnel proceeded to seize and drag the cameras from the journalists.

The harassment continued for over a minute until the protests of the journalists and the activists began to create a scene.

Turning to the security personnel, Adeyanju said, “You will not do the right thing. You will come and be harassing ordinary citizens.

“Why would you tell me to leave this place? The harassment is too much. This is a public institution.”

Speaking to journalists on the petition, however, Adeyanju said, “Remember, a few days ago, the EFCC challenged Nigerians that the reason they cannot investigate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the election eve bullion vans sighted at his residence was because there was no petition to that effect.

“Some of us have already taken up the challenge which is exactly the reason we are here and, basically, I believe that, as citizens of our country, we must always ensure that the right thing is done at all times.

You can see that, even as we are addressing the Press, members of the EFCC are harassing us, instead of going to Bourdillon to go and do this work.”

The petition noted that Section 7 (1) (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 gives the Commission the power to investigate properties of any person that appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.

It added, “To the best of our knowledge, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a private citizen who ordinarily should not be seen with a convoy of bullion vans.

 “The questions begging for answers are: What are bullion vans doing in the house of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu? ‪Who owns the content, believing to be cash in the bullion vans that were seen entering the house of Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the eve of Nigerian presidential elections?

“Has the commission, based on its core mandates, investigated the source of the Bullion Vans? ‪Is Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s house, now a bank where Bullion Vans now take money to?”

‪The activists called on the commission to, as a matter of urgency, “swing into action” and begin an investigation into the appearance of the bullion vans.

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