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Group writes AGF, seeks Tinubu’s prosecution over alleged drug trafficking in U.S

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Following the release of Bola Tinubu’s certified true copy of the indictment and forfeiture of $460,000 for drug trafficking and money laundering by a United States court, a group has written to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, seeking commencement prosecution against the presidential candidate of the APC.

A United States District Court judgement from the Northern District of Illinois had indicted Mr Tinubu for drug trafficking in the state through a proxy organisation owned by Adegboyega Mueez-Akande.

In the judgement docketed on July 26, 1993 and certified by Thomas O. Burton, the clerk of the court ordered the forfeiture of $460,000 to the U.S. government for being proceeds of drug-related offences.

Responding, the group, Centre for Reform and Advocacy, CRA, in a petition signed by Kalu Kalu-Agu, its Legal Adviser, urged the AGF to direct the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to prosecure Mr Tinubu for dealing in narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

“As evident ex facie the letter we, on the 8th day of November, 2022 served annexure “A” on the Chairman of NDLEA and therein we demanded for the prosecution of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu under Section 18 of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022, for his involvement in Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering.

“In line with the above, and in consonance with the utmost need to ensure that Nigeria does not end up a pariah in the comity of nations for condoning narcotics dealings and allied offences we hereby demand that you direct the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to yield to our demand in annexure “A”,” the petition read in part.

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