👤 By Adenike Lucas and Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
Former Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode will pay the ultimate price for trying to take down his Godfather, DENISAURUS News can reveal.
Mr Ambode, who was denied a second term in office, unlike all other democratic Governors from Lagos, fell out with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Not long after the rift between the immediate past Governor of Lagos and his Godfather became public knowledge, a document containing sensitive information about a corrupt scam at Alpha Beta, a tax consultancy firm owned by Alhaji Tinubu was exposed to the media.
Dapo Apara, the former MD of the tax consultancy firm, who got the advice of Tunji Adegboyega, a former senior Detective of the EFCC, a seasoned/senior lawyer, well grounded in the investigation of Financial Crimes as well as the Legal Profession, was unmasked as the man behind the leak.
In a telephone conversation with DENISAURUS News, Dapo Apara, revealed that he has 30 percent shares in Alpha Beta, a company which has been collecting Internally Generated Revenue, IGR for Lagos State since 2002.
He said the company has generated “about N1.5 trillion (yes trillion) excluding FAAC loans and has made N150 billion in fees.”
In the exclusive interview, the accountant and computer specialist explained that despite his shares in the company, he was blowing the whistle to ensure people are aware of an in house scam.
The revelation by Mr Apara caused many to demand that Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate the matter.
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However Mr Magu, a Commissioner of Police, whose appointment as substantive chairman of the EFCC was rejected by lawmakers in the eight Senate, stated that the petition lacked merit.
Mr Apara confirmed that he was aware that Mr Magu led EFCC had refused to investigate the matter.
“Yes, I was told someone calling himself chief of staff in the @officialEFCC office blocked the team from starting work on my petition. Do you think I should keep it low and back bite or lay it out in the open for possible clarification?” he wrote in a tweet.
But DENISAURUS News was confidentially told that this is not the first time a case has been brought against the Lagos tax collecting company. A case against Alpha Beta LLP was first brought to light in 2015 under EFCC Magu’s leadership.
This paper was reliably informed by a rank and file Police officer at the EFCC, that at the time, a Senior Operative had written several inquiry letter to the tax consultancy firm linked to Asiwaju Tinubu, a leading chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The company refused to cooperate with the operative and unfortunately, the staff was sacked by Mr Magu, after taking light threat from his superiors for him to desist from the investigation.
This paper having seen what had happened in the past, reached out to other staff willing to speak about the matter and was reliably informed that somebody was blocking Mr Apara’s petition.
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Sources familiar with the matter said the the Vice President is involved through a Chief of Staff to EFCC’s Magu.
This paper has often alluded to the link between the two men, after sources made claims that the second in command to President Muhammadu Buhari, was keeping and using Mr Magu to attack perceived opponents.
Much of this information has now been corroborated by a former Attorney General of Federation. According to Mohammed Adoke, Mr Magu’s a puppet to Nigeria’s second in command.
Insiders have noted in the past that the Chief of Staff to EFCC’s Magu has with the authority of Pastor, Professor, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN been shuttling with the anti-graft Boss since December 2016, from one SPIRITUAL MARABOUT to the other.
Key among them, is the Ibadan, Oyo State based SAT GURU MAHARAJ Ji.
This paper has not been able to establish a link between Mr Apara or the immediate past Governor, but many have alluded to an existing relationship.
Now an investigation has commenced against the former Governor of Lagos. The EFCC said it had frozen an account linked to Mr Ambode which has 9.9 billion in it.
Mr Ambode has since denied that he is been investigated. In a statement issued by his media aide, Habib Aruna, the former Governor said:
“Those accounts were opened in the course of normal operations by the Lagos State Government for its administrative purposes and not for the former governor’s personal transactions as was being wrongly insinuated and have been operated to ensure smooth operations of government activities by previous and present administrations,”
”The former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorized use of government property and resources.
“We strongly believe that after four demanding years as Chief Executive of Lagos State, Mr Ambode is entitled to some deserved rest with his family and loved ones without the unwarranted attacks on his well-earned reputation.”
Sources say Mr Ambode has not heard the last of it. He will be “persecuted dearly for trying to embarrass his Godfather.”
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