A court in the United States has released certified authentic copies of Bola Tinubu's case in Chicago including all

Nigerians have long insisted that the presidential candidate should come clean on his involvement in the case, which saw him forfeit up to $460,000 to American authorities in 1993.

New documents pertaining to Bola Tinubu's contact with American authorities about allegations of narcotics trafficking and money laundering have been made public by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the United States. Mr. Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the former governor of Lagos, has been the target of tremendous public derision as well as a political onslaught because of his role in a cocaine trafficking case that occurred in Chicago in the early 1990s.

Mr. Tinubu has not provided any commentary on the narcotics scandal, which has been in the news at least since the middle of the 2000s. Instead, he has chosen to promote other aspects of his career, including his work in corporate accounting, consultancy, and pro-democracy advocacy. However, in his application to run for office, he disclosed to the electoral office INEC that he had never been convicted of a crime in the past.

A number of Mr. Tinubu's associates have been working hard to discredit the entire controversy, portraying it as a pointless diversion from Nigeria's progress toward democracy due to the fact that it occurred many years ago in a foreign language.

However, Nigerians have asked that the presidential contender should reveal the truth about his involvement in the case, which resulted in him having to return up to $460,000 to the authorities in the United States in 1993.

The 56-page document that was made public by the headquarters of the district court in Chicago did not offer any vitally important new information; nonetheless, it did further validate fragments of the topic that had been published haphazardly by the media for years. Following the publication of an article about Mr. Tinubu's history of distributing drugs in West Africa Weekly on July 13, journalist David Hundeyin rekindled interest in this aspect of Mr. Tinubu's past.

The most recent certified documents of the court case, which were received on August 10th, revealed that Mr. Tinubu, along with two other individuals named K.O. Tinubu and Alhaji Mogati, were involved in the banking of revenues from illegal drugs and money laundering with Heritage Bank and Citibank. It was not immediately obvious whether or not the name "Alhaji Mogati" was a misspelling of the name "Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji," who was Mr. Tinubu's foster mother and who passed away in 2013.

In July of 1993, the United States government filed a petition for Mr. Tinubu to have the proceeds of narcotics that he was accused of laundering forfeited. The issue was settled through a compromise reached between the Tinubus and the authorities in the United States. As part of the agreement, the Tinubus were allowed to keep the money in the account with the Heritage Bank, while the forfeiture of the $460,000 was agreed upon.

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On September 21, 1993, a federal judge subsequently dismissed the suit with prejudice, which virtually prohibited the possibility of the matter being litigated once more by any of the parties involved. However, it was still unclear whether or not Nigerian authorities could still seek charges against Mr. Tinubu in Nigerian courts for the same issue.

An Abuja-based attorney named Kalu Kalu Agu, who has political ties to the opposition, is one of the individuals who has been among those seeking to hold Mr. Tinubu accountable for the situation. Before the presidential elections in February, he requested that the Nigerian anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), investigate Mr. Tinubu's role in the drug charges.

In the petition that was submitted on November 8, Mr. Kalu Agu gave both offices a deadline of seven days to initiate legal action against Mr. Tinubu, or else they would be required to do so by a judicial order of mandamus. This is a procedure that involves ordering a public department to carry out a public duty.

According to Mr. Kalu Agu, who runs the think tank Centre for Reform Public Accountability in Abuja, "it is our view that you have a historic duty to ensure that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is called to account for his deeds in money laundering arising from his involvement in narcotics trafficking." Mr. Agu made these statements from his location in Abuja.

Mr. Tinubu, who has been travelling the country for campaign purposes, did not respond to a request for comments regarding the recently published court documents and Mr. Kalu Agu's plea to federal authorities. Another representative for his campaign did not want to comment either.


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