Members of APC Govt linked to recovered $43.4 million
A new twist on the sum of N13 billion found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos has emerged as a top security sources close to the elite intelligence outfit, the National Intelligence Agency, (NIA) has debunked the claim by the agency’s Director-General , Mr Ayodele Oke that the money officially belonged to NIA.
The top official who spoke to Frontiers News online on the condition of anonymity categorically stated that the money was either part of the diverted funds approved for the agency or funds which are now being accumulated by the current administration for next elections.
According to investigations by FrontiersNews into the ownership of the $43.4 million concealed in an Ikoyi, Lagos apartment, accusing fingers are already been pointed at key members of President Muhammad Buhari kitchen cabinet.
Quoting sources at the diplomatic and security circles FrontiersNews wrote “that the recovered money does not belong to the NIA but that the NIA boss is merely attempting to cover up the true owners of the money, which it was learnt, was allegedly been ware-housed on behalf of key kitchen cabinet members to prosecute the 2019 general elections.”
“When we have any covert operation that will require such huge amount of money it will be kept in our Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) account to be drawn in tranches. He said adding that, “at my level there is no covert operation the agency will be involved in that l will not know of It’s all cover up and Nigerians should not be fooled about this,” one of the sources said.
According to the paper, the source maintained that the money was part of the diverted funds approved for the NIA by the past government, which “are now being accumulated by agents of the current administration for next elections”.
“NIA does not keep operational money in the hands of private individuals or in private houses. This money is not NIA’s money but it is been hidden for some key men in the present government by the NIA boss. They know themselves and President Buhari must get to the root of this mess,” the source stated further.
FrontiersNews investigations further revealed that “some key Buhari’s aides found in the NIA DG a willing ally in the bid to hide the huge sum of money away from the knowledge of President Buhari and operatives of the EFCC adding that the rancor among Buhari’s top security chiefs as well as key aides may also be a design to cause confusion with a view to discrediting the EFCC’s discovery.”
Agents of the Buhari appointees are known to have been employing every crooked means including soliciting the support of the media to divert attention from the real owners of the money. One of such was to find a way to put the blame on the former administration.
It was however gathered that EFCC and the President have been availed of these facts, a development that has encouraged the President’s media managers to subtly discourage media houses from the attempt to blame the plot on the former President.
It would be recalled that a popular newspaper known to enjoy the sympathy of the hawks in this Government had last Sunday flown a kite by reporting that Jonathan was being investigated over some 2015 campaign documents allegedly recovered alongside the money. The newspaper however changed the story the following day after one of the Presidential media aides allegedly told them to put a stop to the claim, upon seeing that the lie was further embarrassing the Buhari Government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) had last week at a luxury apartment on Oborne Road Ikoyi uncovered $43.4million, £27,000 and N23million precisely at House 6 apartment 7B after an alert by a whistle blower.
Since then, controversy has trailed the discovery of the fund. While some said it belonged to former Peoples’ Democratic P party (PDP) Chairman, Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani Kayode and the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike accused Governor Rotimi Amaechi of being the owner just as the NIA came forward to claim it was meant for its covert operation.