EFCC identifies owners of Ikoyi Tower housing N13bn cash loot, invites ex-governor
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally identified the owner of the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, where N13 billion cash loot (in both local and hard currencies) was discovered through a whistleblower.
The anti graft agency has also uncovered how the controversial apartment 7B Osborne, where the huge haul was kept, was acquired.
Meanwhile a former governor and two of his aides had appeared before the dictatives for questioning, included are some high-profile occupants of the apartments where the whopping sum was recovered last Wednesday.
The EFCC disclosed that it has intensified investigations into the roles played by some of apartment’s owners and tenants in a bid to unravel how such cash was brought into the Towers without the knowledge of the relevant authorities, including banks.
Emagazine authoritatively gathered that based on the directive on the anti-graft agency by President Muhammadu Buhari that nobody should be spared on the latest discovery of the lump sum, officials of various security operatives swopped into more action by inviting all former and current tenants of the building for questioning at the weekend.
“There are more revelations coming up as investigation into this big haul is giving fresh facts. So it became imperative to interact with some owners or tenants of apartments in the Towers.
“We have invited a former governor, his aides and other high-profile part owners and tenants of the building for interrogation.
“Nobody has been found guilty, but clues are helping us to soon come up with facts, as some invited individuals have implicated those you won’t believe would have their hands in this shame to the nation, ” a senior security official said.
Some landlords of the neighbouring buildings to the tower had equally been invited, the official stated, adding: “Unless we get to the root of this case, Nigerians may not know the truth.
He confirmed that never had there ever been found such huge sum starched in any building in Nigeria outside the banking system before this time.
“We are going all out because under sections 16 and 17 of the EFCC Act reads: ‘A person when–whether by concealment, removal from jurisdiction, transfer to nominees or otherwise–retains the control of the proceeds of a criminal conduct or an illegal act on behalf of another person knowing that the proceeds is as a result of criminal conduct by the principal.
“Subsection b says :’knowing that any property is in whole, or in part, directly or indirectly represent another person’s proceeds of a criminal conduct, acquires or uses that property or has possession of it, commits an office and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than five years or to a fine equivalent 105 times the value of the proceeds of the criminal conduct or to both such imprisonment and fine.