Lere Olayinka, a political activist and media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has put together a piece critical of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its recent media “recoveries” of huge amounts of cash. The piece, which has gone viral on social media was sent to The Trent’s editors on Whatsapp. It is reproduced, unedited, below:
#MARCH 14, 2017
EFCC intercepted N49m cash at Kaduna Airport as the huge cash was being ferried out through the airport.
According to a statement released by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the cash was found during a routine baggage screening. The money was contained in five unmarked and unaccompanied large black coloured Buhu sags.
1. There are CCTV CAMERAS in Kaduna Airport and the CAMERAS must have captured movements in and out of the airport. Didn’t the CAMERAS captured those who moved the FIVE LARGE SACKS in which the cash was packed into the airport?
Up till now, EFCC is yet to tell us the identity of those who moved the cash to the airport and abandoned it there despite the presence of CCTV CAMERAS in the airport.
2. EFCC said the cash were fresh crispy Naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling N40 million and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling N9 million with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc (NSPM), with this, the bank that got the cash from CBN can be traced and the bank can then reveal its customer that got the cash.
Up till today, EFCC is yet to tell Nigerians which bank got the cash from CBN.
#APRIL 6, 2017
EFCC uncovered N448,850,000 (Four hundred and forty eight million, eight hundred and fifty thousand naira) only in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The shops had signages of Bureau de Change. Inquries about the owner of shop 64 indicated he had not been seen for a long time, as they claimed the shop had not been opened for businesss for close to two years. Several calls were put to the owner of shop 67 but there was no response.
The attention of the plaza’s chairman and some traders were drawn in order to force the shops open. There was no money found in shop 67, but in shop 64, heaps of “Ghana Must Go” bags were found loaded on the floor of the shop. When the bags were unzipped they were found to contain bundles of naira notes totalling N448,850,000.
1. The shop has not been opened for TWO YEARS, so has the cash been kept there since April 2015?
2. EFCC claimed attentions of the Plaza Chairman and some traders were drawn, does it mean that the Plaza Chairman and other traders operating there do not know the owner of Shop 64?
3. Won’t the owner of the Plaza know who he or she let Shop 64 to?
4. Is EFCC saying that up till now, They don’t know the owner of LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos?
5. If they still don’t know the owner of the Plaza, shouldn’t a visit to Ministry of Lands, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos revealed the owner?
6. The moment the Plaza owner is identified, won’t the owner identify his or her tenant?
7. Is it possible for a shop on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos to be SHUT for TWO YEARS and the owner of the Plaza won’t raise questions?
Let me leave you with these for now.
As for me, I have BRAIN and I use it all the time, not sometime.