A private jet loaded with money on February 15, 2019, the eve of the aborted presidential and National Assembly elections failed to take off due to the weight of the money on board. The EFCC operatives thereafter stormed the plane after a tip-off from some people about the cargo. They demanded the source of the money, its owner and destination.
It was gathered that the plane was billed from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos to Ilorin, Kwara State.
A group of people in charge of the money claim the cash was meant for election expenses in Kwara State but the detectives reportedly insisted on taking away the cash.
sources said, “The EFCC operatives interrogated the crew and they claimed they were part of the government. They also gave a code which they assumed the operatives would understand, but the detectives insisted on taking away the money.
Not too long a call came from the presidential arena ordering them to hands off the matter and leave the scence, however armed soldiers took over the scene and the money was transferred into another plane which took off by 10pm that night.
Tony Orilade, the acting EFCC spokesman said that he saw the alleged picture of the said aircraft being shared on the social media, noting that it could have been ‘created and recreated.’ “On the plane-load of cash you asked about, I saw the pictures and we know that these pictures are things that can be manipulated to achieve the purposes by their producers. All the reports from the field are being reviewed and we shall come out with our position once it is ready.
Orilade added, “Let’s not be carried away by the activities of mischief-makers; like the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu said, we shall continue to do the right thing to make Nigeria a better country for everyone.”
According to the interview done by Tinubu with journalists in Lagos, he said hat he transported the bulk money into his Ikoyi residence which is a violation of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, it was gathered that the anti-graft agency had no plan to probe the incident.
Tinubu explains that, ” what is your issue with bullion vans in my house? I have not done any government business in the last five years. So I didn’t steal government money.
“And the bullion van was not said to contain election materials, so what offence have I committed? I decide where to keep it (money) and how to keep it.”