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Bola Ahmed Tinubu Forfeited $460,000 in 1993 Following Heroin Trafficking Case

UberFacts brings renewed attention to Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture in a 1993 heroin trafficking case, amplifying scrutiny on the presidential candidate’s past and raising questions about his involvement in narcotics and money laundering allegations.



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  • UberFacts tweeted about how Bola Ahmed Tinubu lost $460,000 in a heroin trafficking case in 1993. This brought the president-elect’s past back into the spotlight.
  • Recently released documents show that Tinubu may have been involved in narcotics trafficking and money laundering. This makes the public and political pressure on his upcoming administration even stronger.
  • Nigerians want to know more about Tinubu’s role in the 1993 case, but he hasn’t talked about it in public, and his supporters haven’t said anything about the released court documents or the petition to federal authorities.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s background received fresh attention on Monday when UberFacts, a well-known social media account known for disseminating fascinating and frequently bizarre facts, tweeted about his forfeiture of $460,000 in a 1993 heroin trafficking case.

UberFacts, which was started by Kris Sanchez, has a sizable following on a number of social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The tweet has drawn further attention to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos who is now the president elect of Nigeria in 2023.

Tinubu’s prior participation in accusations of drug trafficking and money laundering is revealed in recently made public documents from the Northern District of Illinois.

According to the 56-page document from the district court’s Chicago headquarters, Tinubu and two other individuals made use of Citibank and Heritage Bank to conceal money they received from the sale of illicit substances.

As a result, in July 1993, the United States authorities requested that the money be forfeited. After an agreement was reached between Tinubu and the US government, the money in the Heritage Bank account was kept, but the $460,000 in the Citibank account was given up.

A federal court dismissed the lawsuit on September 21, 1993, with the intention of preventing any of the parties from bringing it up again.

Even if the US lawsuit was dismissed, it is still unclear if Tinubu may be prosecuted in Nigerian courts given that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party in 2023, has already submitted a petition on the matter.

Before Tinubu assumes office, certain persons, including Abuja barrister Kalu Kalu Agu, have petitioned Nigeria’s anti-corruption and anti-drugs agencies to investigate Tinubu’s involvement in the drug accusations.

In his application to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to run for president, Tinubu said he had no past criminal convictions but has not publicly addressed the issue.

Following the release of these court records and the UberFacts tweet, Nigerians are asking that Tinubu provide a detailed account of his actions in the 1993 case.

The publicly available court records, the federal authorities’ petition, or the tweet from UberFacts have not been addressed by Tinubu or his supporters.

Nigerians are interested in learning more about Tinubu’s involvement in the 1993 case, which UberFacts reported. As a result, political and public criticism of Tinubu’s presidency has increased.

It is unclear at this point how Tinubu’s prior involvement in this issue will impact his government and whether new information may come to light to offer perspective.

The fact that a social media account like UberFacts has once again brought attention to this problem shows how powerful social media is in influencing public discourse and how it may affect court case.

Download and read the 56-page document from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Bola Tinubu’s drug dealing and money laundering case below. 

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