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PDP asks EFCC to probe Tinubu over N160bn fraud allegation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe a former governor of Lagos State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over allegations of N160bn tax fraud.

The party said failure of the EFCC to invite and question the ex-governor would not only suggest the commission has become corrupt, but also expose the level of rot in the APC-led government.

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“Nigerians can now see how the same Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC, which rushes to pounce on, arrest and lock up innocent Nigerians, particularly, perceived political opponents of President Buhari, without investigation, has practically gone frozen and toothless because a member of the APC cabal is involved.

“Does it not smack of hypocrisy that President Buhari, who boasted that he was going to jail more looters, has been looking the other way, while Presidency officials suppress investigations since whistle blowers alerted that Alpha Beta, a company linked with his party leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, allegedly swindled Nigerians to the tune of a whopping N160 billion in tax fraud?

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“Is it not equally hypocritical that under the same President Buhari’s watch, where the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has threatened to block the bank accounts of tax evaders, a leader of his party had been dragged before the EFCC, yet Mr President is pretending to be unaware?

“If President Buhari is as clean as his handlers would want Nigerians to believe; if the Presidency is not complicit of corruption, the PDP challenges Mr. President to allow an investigation and prosecution of Alpha Beta, in an open court, just as his government has been harrassing the members of the  opposition, as well as  perceived opponents,” the PDP demanded.