BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) on the aegis of “Coalition Against Corruption and Impunity” has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to as a matter of national interest commence the probe of the administration of two former governors of Lagos State namely; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babtunde Raji Fashola, SAN.
The Coalition in a petition to the EFCC signed by John Olufemi and Mohammed Sanni, Co-ordinator and Secretary respectively, stressed that the fight against corruption should be absolute and total with no sacred cows allowed.
It also said that no territory or individual under the Federal Republic of Nigeria should be beyond investigation of the anti-corruption agencies.
The Coalition therefore demanded of the EFCC to look into the activities of the two former governors between 1999 and 2015 when they governed Lagos State.
Asiwaju Tinubu was governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 while Fashola also governed the state between 2007 and 2015.
The petition dated July 24, 2020, which was copied the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, noted that over the years, the law enforcement agencies appear uninterested and unwilling to probe the many allegations of infractions allegedly committed in Lagos under Asiwaju Tinubu and Fashola as governors.
The coalition also urged the EFCC to undertake a holistic investigation of the two former governors especially in the areas of land administration, tax collections and other areas.
The Coalition specifically wants the anti-graft agency to look into the development of 1,000 hectares of land for Golf Course and housing estate by Asset and Resource Management Limited at N75billion located at Lakowe near Ibeju Lekki Government that was given to Lekki Concession Company (LCC) which it alleged is partly owned by Tinubu and Fashola.
The petitioner also alleged that Tinubu operated eight foreign bank accounts while in office as Executive Governor of Lagos State in contravention of Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Cap 56 LFN, 1990.
The Coalition gave details of the accounts to include the following:
- First heritage Bank, Country Club Hill, lIIinouse, USA, Bola Tinubu, 26226700.
- City Bank NA, New York, USA and Compass Finance and Investment Company Limited, 39483134, 39483396, 4650279566, 00400220, l9936383.
iii. City Bank International, New York, Bola Tinubu
- HSBC, 177 Great Portland Street, London WIWGOJ, Senator Bola Tinubu, 7125367040-03-15 (Sort Code).
- HSBC, 177 Great Portland Street, London WIWGOJ, Senator Bola Oluremi Tinubu, 712361040-03-15 (Sort Code).
- HBSC~ 177 Grea~ Portland Street, London WIWGOJ, Senator Bola Tinubu – Money Market, 04320002DN
vii. HBSC, 177 Great Portland Street, London WIWGOJ, Mrs. Tinubu Zainab Ablsola ( 172447600)
viii. HBSC, 117 Great Portland Street, London’ WIWGOJ, Tinubu Oluremi Shade, 41421522.
The Coalition went further to ask the EFCC to also probe the 250 hectare of land valued at N35billion strategically located at Ajah Junction on Lekki Road originally meant for the construction of General Hospital for Eti-Osa Local Government but handed over to Trojan Estate Limited; transfer of the annex of Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro-Abuja, purchased by the Lagos State Government in 2006 for N450million to protect the main building from security breach and a 14-hectare Parkview Ikoyi estate foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos State Government.
The anti-graft agency was also asked to probe the payment of 70 percent up front to cronies that acted as contractors for contracts that were awarded but yet to be executed in contravention of section 120 (4) of the 1999 constitution.
The petition further states; “It is in this light that we write to request that you use your good offices to allow for thorough and detailed investigations into the activities of the Lagos State Government, especially between the period 1999 to 2015.
“As citizens, we are alarmed by mind-boggling wrongdoing perpetrated during this period and we are even more perplexed that the Law Enforcement and Anti-Corruption Agencies have over the years appeared uninterested and unwilling to probe the many allegations of infractions allegedly committed in Lagos state.
“Inaction on matters like this is a huge dent to the government’s claim to fight against corruption,” the coalition said.