The $43 million discovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) at an apartment at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi is still orphaned. Denials continue to trail it and it mysteriously, it has been difficult to determine the owner of the flat or owner of the money. Besides, the source of the money is not being talked about.
Solomon Adeola, senator representing Lagos west, Adamu Mu’azu, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and Esther Nnamdi-Obue, ex-managing director of Petroleum Products Pricing and Marketing Company (PPMC), were all linked to the money on Thursday but they have also denied ownership of it.
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was also linked to it but it has also been denied.
Now, the latest “suspect” is Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Relying on some information available to them, Lere Olayinka, spokesman of Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode have alleged that the flat where the money was found belonged to Amaechi.
“The $43 million is Rotimi Amaechi’s.He owns the flat it was found in too.NIA story is fake news! NIA does not keep cash in Minister’s flats!”, Fani-Kayode tweeted on Friday.
Olayinka tweeted earlier: “Just hearing with one ear that Amaechi may have link to the House”.
But David Iyofor, Amaechi’s media aide, fired back at Olayinka by tweeting: “Liar. You better hear well before your ear sends you to prison”
And Olayinka stated again: “Cover up game has started! Rotimi Amaechi owns the house.”
Iyofor responded: “Where is your proof? If you think you can link Amaechi to the house and money by tweeting this rubbish, then you need to have your head examined.
“Big Liar! Demonic Liar! Listen, you disgusting pig, Rotimi Amaechi is not connected or linked in anyway whatsoever to the house &/or money.”
Meanwhile, reports have it that a court has ordered an interim forfeiture of the money to the Federal Government.