While Jonathan keeps mum, CBN speaks on N13 billion seized from Lagos apartment

Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Despite claims by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) that he approved and released the massive stash of cash recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, former President Goodluck Jonathan has remained silent on the matter.

The former president’s spokesperson has for days declined requests to state Mr. Jonathan’s side of the story.

Operatives of the EFCC, acting on a tip-off on Wednesday, said they found $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 hidden inside an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi.

The funds are valued at N13 billion based on prevailing exchange rate set by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The EFCC circulated photograph and video footage of the operation, sparking nationwide outrage.

But the anti-graft agency has so far failed to disclose ownership of the recovered funds.

As Nigerians and civic groups demanded clarification about the recovered cash, sources in the presidency quoted the NIA Director General, Ayodele Oke, as telling President Muhammadu Buhari that Mr. Jonathan released the money to the agency for covert security projects.

But Mr. Jonathan has remained silent despite requests by our reporter for him to speak on the matter.

For two days, repeated telephone calls, text messages and email enquiries to the former president’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, were neither answered nor returned.

The presidency is also yet to officially comment on the matter.

CBN not sure it paid Ikoyi billions to NIA

When contacted, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it was not sure, as at Saturday, that the recovered billions, in mint fresh notes, moved directly from the bank to the NIA.

The security agency had claimed that it received the funds directly from the CBN.

But when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES to clarify its role in the disbursement of the funds, the CBN spokesperson, Isaac Okorafor, said, “It is true the Central Bank of Nigeria issues mint fresh notes, but it is only to banks.

“After that (issuance to banks) CBN does not know which of their customers they (the banks) give those notes to and for what purpose.

“I cannot say if the notes the NIA is claiming came from the CBN. So, I will not be able to answer questions on it for now, except I receive a specific request.”


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  • aaapeeceee!

    OGA EDITOR SIR,

    APC party has suddenly become deaf and dumb. Kai, na wah O. Up till today APc party
    is still looking for a sacrificial lamb to use to help wash away the sins of its own members.

    First they say it is Mu’azu. That one did not stick because Mu’azu
    was just a developer who sold the Osborne Towers since nine years ago. Then, APC rogues
    went to put rope on the neck of Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue of NNPC who lived in the same Towers
    but not in the flat where the money was found.

    Very daft. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue rejected it in Jesus name,
    and told the public in press statement that the actual thief is ‘a very popular person’
    who will soon be uncovered. That was on Thursday. Then APC started panicking. APC now
    said it was Tony Anenih’s daughter that rented the flat. That one just blasted APC idiots off
    with one-sentence denial and moved on.

    So, what to do? Quietness is now APC strategy.
    The head of National Intelligence (N.I.A) has never said with his own mouth that he took
    the money or put it in Osborne Towers. It is on-line newspapers that were saying it for him.
    Lies, lies, lies. No single press statement was ever issued by the National Intelligence Agency.

    • Prayer Warriors!!

      $50m at Osborne Towers: Theft that passeth all understanding…

      People in my area are now saying that President Muhamadu Buhari is the one who took the
      $50 million to hide it with an accomplice in Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. I don’t know why
      people are jumping to that conclusion. Maybe because too many lies have been told by
      the media to cover up this thing. What I know is that the devil is powerful. If by omission
      or commission it is truly Muhamadu Buhari that carried this $50m loot, we must put it
      down to the devil. It did not come from his mind. We must not impeach Buhari over
      this loot. We must pray for him.

      We need prayer warriors at this time, not impeachment proceeding. We must pray
      to Father Almighty to remove the spirit of thief from his mind. When a man people
      say is a man of integrity starts hiding $50million in Osborne road it can mean that
      end time is near. We must pray for his redemption. Buhari will need help if that is
      the case. We must not abuse him. We must not impeach him. Nobody is above
      temptation. Let Christians and Muslims come together to drive away the THIEF
      demon in his mind, if any. That is the way to go, we must go spiritual whenever
      the theft in Nigeria has passeth all understanding.

    • Frank Talks

      @ladyrosely:disqus

      I DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIAN FORGIVENESS ON THIS MATTER IF BUHARI

      IS THE REAL LOOTER, BECAUSE ALL OTHER LOOTERS ARE IN PRISON, AND SO,

      FAIRNESS MEANS BUHARI WILL SHARE THE SAME CELL WITH COLONEL DASUKI.

      • Bleeding heart

        @disqus_TeKEbTtJ8r:disqus: Please, please, please, Nigerians!! Let’s not throw away the child
        with the bath water. I can understand how Nigerians are feeling on this issue, but truth is,
        we must also look to see if this accused suspect has stolen before; if not, the punishment
        should be compassionately measured to fit that of a first offender in the light of the weight of
        the loot of $50million plus other millions of Euros and Naira stolen at the same time. If we allow
        ourselves to be guided by a compassionate spirit, we’ll agree that public execution at the stakes
        is the ideal, fair and proportionate penalty.

        • Quiet Person

          @ariseocompatriot:disqus

          If the court says that he should die by hanging for betraying the trust
          of the people I will agree to that, but death penalty by execution looks too
          harsh to me, if death by hanging is available. However if there are no ropes
          again in Nigeria, since it was the same Buhari who brought economic recession
          and destruction into Nigeria since July 1st 2016, then I can
          reluctantly agree to public execution at the stakes for this grand heist.

          • Kallah Bature

            You are now proposing appropriate punishment to known looters.I don’t think your masters will be happy with you.History has shown that some leaders were in high positions​ like heading the Ministry of Petroleum as Ministers, but were found to be unblemish.I can’t see how they can now steal like people who are allegedly linked to stealing $200m in Malabu oil deal.

        • kuns

          Hahahahahaha! This is a rib-cracking joke, my brother, well done!

        • abodes_124

          with or without blindfold ?

    • abodes_124

      The name of the owner of the apartment begins wit A. It is part of the leftover money for the campaign of party whose name begins with A.

  • ?????????

    Why is Premium Times not asking Lai Muhamed to disclose the resident and owner of the flat

    at Osborne Towers where the money was hidden, and, why is Premium Times supporting Buhari,

    when the facts show that the $50million loot was done by the present government in mint notes?

    • Uncle Ben

      @disqus_TeKEbTtJ8r:disqus

      It’s okay.
      Now that the truth has come out we have seen the backside of the hen.
      Next thing I want ogbologbo journalists of Premium Times to do for us now
      is to help us find out who exposed Muhamadu Buhari on this $50million loot.
      The person is whistleblower but that is not his name his father gave him when
      he was born. I have not gone to naming ceremony of a child that was named
      WHISTLE-BLOWER. The person must have real name and must be exposed.

      My mind is telling me
      that this whistleblower knew that the money was taken by Muhamadu
      Buhari but didn’t say that to EFCC. It was after the operation that EFCC
      now realized the real criminal in this matter. So this whistleblower must be
      exposed. He must be exposed quickly, because on October 1st Nigeria
      will do national honours and this great whistle-blower who removed the log
      from the eyes of all Nigerians to see the APC thief party for what it is,
      must get G.C.F.R title unfailingly on October 1st.

      • abodes_124

        The poor man is running for his life because if they catch him they will silence him permanently. This is beyond letting the cat out of the bag.

    • abodes_124

      Like the list of looters that GMB promised but was never published it might jeopardise their trial so they can not be named

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  • Afo

    GEJ is so shocked that part of the money he took to Lagos for the bribing of South West Obas and others to rig election for him was stolen by those he so much trusted. NIA DG was part of those who connive to hid the money and he is putting up an idiotic argument to divert attention and to cover up for the evil deeds of GEJ who appointed him. May God continue to expose their evils against this country. PMB must not succumb to the pressure to shield him no matter the promise he made.

    • Sincere-Voice

      The man should come out and tell us what he knows.

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      Actually this angle might be true and considering that the building is owned by Muazu a former chairman. That is why some of their members are all out defensive. Very plausible indeed.

      • Kallah Bature

        Don’t worry all of them must come to account for the biggest heist in the history of the world.We the masses will lead a robust campaign for the hasty removal of the immunity clause from the constitution to quickly bring rouge Governors to justice.

    • abodes_124

      Ahem – slight correction the NIA DG at the time of Jonathan has long since been replaced by GMB with the present one

      • band olu

        D current DG of NIA ambassador Ayo Oke was appointed by Jonathan in 2013…

        • abodes_124

          Thank you so much . I apologise for the factual inaccuracy. i have unfortunately fallen for the widely propagated narrative that GMB had replaced the tops of all the security agencies with his ‘people’. Is Ambassador Ayo Oke the exception or are there others?. Do tell please. I delight in facts.

      • Faith That Conquers

        Ask Buhari the hypocrite if NIA briefed him concerning the fund and why Magu stood up against Buhari’s government if the answer is yes….

  • new republic

    Buhari and apc are fooling themselves,the problem is very simple,WHO IS THE OCCUPANT OF THAT APPARTMENT,because the uncompleted building in my area i know the owner.talkless of Ikoyi appt.

    • On3Lov3

      Ask Muazu, Ex PDP Chairman, at least He is the owner of the building

    • band olu

      D question should b did Jonathan release d money to NIA for covert security projects?..This is what NIA said but dumbo has gone dumb….

    • AryLoyds

      That Ikoyi apartment is Buharis other room.

  • LadyRosely

    The money belongs to PMB and APC. I’m not even listening to all their distractions. GEJ is the owner of money right?? In no see space for the whole Bayelsa and Creeks and Delta?? Na for Tinibu back yard in go keep in money???

    The stupidity of APC looters will soon expire

    • Ph.D-all-round

      @ladyrosely:disqus

      Do you purport to asseverate that a supposed
      ‘man of integrity’ is now a career criminal who is taking and hiding away 50
      million dollars in cash at Osborne Towers for himself and family; or do you
      otherwise imply by syllogistic deductive or inductive reasoning that there is actually
      no CHANGE after all the humdrum that our beloved herdsman from Daura had
      pledged into our ears, and vowed and covenanted with us the people, to be
      faithful loyal and honest? Please elucidate in order to be pellucid.

    • Sincere-Voice

      The one that the clueless one loaded in two aircrafts and delivered to the Ekiti governor was from the creeks or Bayelsa? Tell him to come out and tell us what he knows about the operation.

    • tundemash

      Creek rat, when the Otuoke Cl0wn was doling out money in Lagos, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun states pre-election 2015, was the money kept in Bayelsa ? Is Bayelsa such a haven for stolen money as you implied in your statement ? I don;t know if it is water or teh air, but something ain’t right at the creek and it’s reflective in the way you all reason .

      • Julius

        Bro, do these fools ever think at all ? Its unbelievable, something ain’t right with these creek wet backs. I mean mentally !

        • Chidi

          That’s why one of their best, a supposed PHD holder, could not reason properly and subsequently took his poor capacity to Abuja which produced an epic of mediocrity and incompetence in government. I bet you Dumbo will not remember when he approved that money – if he was looking at Diezani’s painted ‘makeup’ face!

          • Julius

            You may be right. He may not remember approving the funds even when presented with his signature on the approval memo. After-all he didn’t know if the $2.1 arms fund was missing.

          • abodes_124

            No worries Buhari will soon go through the records and tell us exactly what happened and what is happening. he is very good at reading up things and remembering what he has read unlike Dumbo. I am certain he will address the nation on this issue and will clarify everything when he wakes up tomorrow or, well, whenever he wakes up.

    • Julius

      Yea, na Tinubu stole the money from Abia state..abi . I knew Tinubu will be blamed for this somehow. Do you the delusional people ever think at all ?

      • abodes_124

        No. Definitely GEJ stole it in 2013 and hid it in the apartment and has been coming to top it up regularly. Wait until they release the cctv pictures.

        • Julius

          Has Jonathan ever been responsible for anything at all to you ?

          • abodes_124

            Of course Jonathan is responsible for many things as follows:
            1. looting and emptying the Nigerian treasury
            2. the ongoing economic recession
            3.the current high rate of inflation
            4. the current high rate of unemployment
            5.the current high interest rate
            6. the current death from starvation of 2,00 children every day
            7.GMBs ongoing illness
            8. the $50 million dollars stolen and found by the EFCC in flat 7B .
            Osborne towers
            9. the continued slaughter of Nigerian citizens by Boko Haram
            10. The ongoing slaughter of southern Kaduna citizens
            11. The nationwide rampage and killings of Nigerian citizens by rampaging foreign Fulani herdsmen
            12. the padding of the 2016 budget
            13. Senate refusal to confirm Magu
            14. Babachirs alleged grass cutting swindle
            15. the 100% depreciation of the value of the Naira
            and so many other terrible things – I could go on for ever.

          • Julius

            You are un-serious !! Poor you.

          • abodes_124

            I am very serious. One day be one day we go catch clueless Dumbo and he will pay for all his crimes against the nation unless of course you think someone else is responsible for all of the above?

          • abodes_124

            From your response one can see that you got the point.

    • band olu

      If this is what u think GEJ should come out & talk, why has he suddenly gone deaf & dumb??..

    • AryLoyds

      Some of the questions being asked are:

      1. Who is the owner of the apartment in which the money was found?

      2. Does the apartment also belong to the NIA?

      3. If the apartment belong to the NIA, when was it bought and from whom?

      4. If the apartment does not belong to the NIA, from whom and when was
      it rented?

      5. How could a whistle-blower be aware of movement of money into one
      out of many apartments in a building without knowing the owner of the
      apartment?

      6. If truly the NIA was carrying out a “covert operation” as claimed,
      was President Muhammadu Buhari not briefed of the so-called “covert
      operation” when he took over power?

      7. Was the National Security Adviser (NSA), whose office controls all
      intelligence agencies, including the EFCC and DSS not aware of the
      “covert operation”?

      8. Was there any security presence at the vicinity of the apartment to
      suggest that it was being used as warehouse for over N13 billion cash
      belonging to the NIA?

      9. Does NIA need an unprotected apartment to keep such huge sum of
      money purportedly meant for “covert operation”?

      10. How much was released for the so-called “covert operation”, how
      much has been spent and to who was account rendered up to date?

      Buharis War on corruption is looking like a fraud by the day!!

    • abodes_124

      Okay if it is GEJs money please give it back to him.

  • Sincere-Voice

    The clueless one should please come out and tell us what he knows about this operation. He should not keep mum about this.

    • Factsay

      It is u that is clueless. Govt shud tell us the truth. This money is stolen by a person in this present govt, thus, their sudden silence . Probably they are looking for another reasonable lie as the NIA is not holding any water

      • tundemash

        Money is stolen by a person in this present govt and bursted by same EFCC you claimed is pursuing only PDPigs members; what a confused twat !
        An official in this govt. who was appointed by Dumbo has claimed Dumbo released the money to the organisation he heads, NIA, let Dumbo’s media assistant, as he’s done in the past, tell us their side of the story. Last i check, Dumbo has not appointed you s his media assistant.

        • dan

          Get your fact right, the current DG of the NIA was appointed by this government, the one that worked in the last government was changed.

        • abodes_124

          Dumbo’s assistant will announce that yes Dumbo approved money for the NIA several times as he did over 6 years for numerous other agencies. Will that clarify the finding of $50 million dollars in a private apartment 2 years after he left office for you.

          • Julius

            Yes, it will be because then we will know who kept the money there and for what purpose . I think he did but, then they stole it waiting to be shared. Maybe somebody among them wasn’t happy about the arrangement.. so, he/she blew the whistle. We shall see.

          • abodes_124

            The person who kept it there is the current owner of the apartment. The EFCC should know that from their whistle blower and if not by a little basic investigation. If they tell us it is GEJs apartment then it is his money. I hope you will not protest when the court releases it to him. You of course know and I know that they will never tell us who owns that apartment because it belongs to a ‘saint’. Magu in his fight with Daura has gone and jumped the gun and left the GMB/APC hierarchy with a headache.

          • Julius

            Hummm, okay. We shall see.

          • tundemash

            When Dumbo confirms that; next trace is who approved the money be withdrawn by cash, from what bank or CBN and for what purpose as at what time it was withdrawn. That is how investigations are done, you follow a lead. So please contact Dumbo and ask him to respond else wait till May 25th when we expect Wike to show up in court to lay claim to the money, with proof, as the court has declared.

        • Factsay

          cant u see sudden silence by same EFCC? Magu waned to impress but he unfortunately shot an APC wolf

          • tundemash

            Mor0n, what silence? They have gone to court to seize the loot, the court has granted that order and requested anyone that claims ownership of the money to come forward May 25th so let Wike and DG NIA, who claimed Dumbo signed off on the money, show up at the court on May 25th. Investigations so far shows Adamu Muazu, a PDPig owns the building and investigations still continue. Dumbo has not disputed what DG NIA said !

      • Sincere-Voice

        Did you just say they’re silence? Silence how? You guys should please beg the clueless one to come tell us all he knows about the Operation.

        • stanejike

          Yes they are silent about the owners. If they feel the money belong to GEJ, let them formally accuse him, then he will react. There is an obvious cover up by this government!

          • band olu

            But he responded to other accusations eg d malabu scandal so what is stopping him from responding to this one??…Have u ever thought that this govt is actually trying not to embarrass him being an ex-Nigerian president?..

          • Faith That Conquers

            Ask Buhari the hypocrite if NIA briefed him concerning the fund and why Magu stood up against Buhari’s government if the answer is yes..

          • band olu

            Methinks d NIA did not brief him about d money but a whistle blower did…Don’t forget d DG is an appointee of Jonathan & he has confirmed Jonathan approved d money & it is now obvious that d money or some of it was not used for it’s purpose as was always done during that regime….I think d DG should b questioned about all d other funds he collected from Jona’s govt since he was appointed in 2013 & where they are hidden, they should question other DG’s who served under Jonathan, u never know, more money could b found hidden away waiting to b shared…

          • stanejike

            Recall that in the Malabo case, he was accused directly as a beneficiary of certain bribe sum. In this present case, nothing points to him directly. Even if he approved some fund for a govt agency for some operation 2-3yrs ago, was he the one that asked them to keep the money in a private apartment up till now? Moreover, there are reports of movement of these money to and fro the alleged apartment recently. So, this govt has something or someone to protect!

      • Julius

        Stop displaying your ignorance for all to read. Why would the same government made it public if one of them stole the money in the first place ? The NIA said that Jonathan released the fund to them now he is keeping silent so ask yourself why is he doing that ?

        • stanejike

          The approval of the money should be of little concern now: The begging issue should be: What the money is doing in a private apartment 2yrs after approval for whatsoever operation it was meant for. Again, who is the present owner of this apartment? Finally, is PMB at all in charge of affairs under his government!

          • Julius

            The approval means a lot….it is the beginning of the story. Now, if they are lying on him, let him come out and say so. Maybe it was meant for his re-election as he was then flying around the country distributing monies to who is who. We are not in a dictatorship sir, PMB can’t do more than what he is dong regarding this money saga. Let the folks who is in charge handle it , he already asked for their reports on it. Lets wait and see.

          • abodes_124

            It is apparent day by day that GMB does not have an inkling of what is going on around him. He has surrounded himself with ‘people he trusts’ and they are all doing as they wish knowing that there is no one to call them to order. What a shambles

          • Julius

            Tell me exactly what, as a Democratically elected President he should be doing on this that he is not doing ? He can’t order anybody locked up and investigate later like a dictator. So, tell me.

          • abodes_124

            It is either he does not know what is going on around him in which case he lacks the mental capacity to govern or he can not influence what is happening around him in which case he lacks the competence to govern. he cannot know everything and do everything but at least there are some things he can do and some things he should know. Otherwise what would be the point in having a President?

          • Julius

            You didn’t answer my question but, I understand. Thanks !!

        • Factsay

          CBN says they are not aware of releasing any money. How can govt release 13Billion without APC shouting to roof top then? O boy, find a better reasonable lie

          • Julius

            “When contacted, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it was not sure, as at Saturday, that the recovered billions, in mint fresh notes, moved directly from the bank to the NIA”…..Genius, it says “not sure “…read it again. He is not denying it !. O boy, learn to read !

          • Factsay

            Not sure, and u are still waiting for answers? Soon, they will be briefed and their story will change same way NIA dg story changed overnight. Kwarapt people!!

          • Julius

            So Jonathan released the money when APC came to power ? You sure you are okay ? Was there a political party named APC then ?

          • Factsay

            lol….I didn’t know Jonathan was still acting when APC came to power.
            Ask Sanusi about CBN releasing the money and why he kept quiet about release of such huge amount when he was after Jonathan before and during election.

            Make una find another lie coz this one dey childish

      • nnaemeka nwachukwu

        Factsay! Did you just say what I read? Nawa 4 this country oooo… Chaaaiiii… So it has gotten to the level of rendering your brain totally useless…?

    • abodes_124

      It will be quite a long list of all monies approved and released for all Federal government agencies and departments. There are things called records to refer to unless they have been destroyed. Whenever I need to do a report I call for the relevant notes and base any report on these notes because clever as I am I cannot recall the detail everything that transpired last week not to talk of 3 years ago. If you are serious with your query ask Buhari to call for the records. That will of course only state the money allocated to the NIA over the years. It will not resolve the current controversy. Should government refuse to release the information you can request it under the freedom of information act which the ‘clueless one’ helped put in place.

    • John A

      Can you ask OBJ to clarify all the money he released during his tenure as a president?
      You guys talk like fools, what is the essence of having record?
      Why can’t the present FG check those record to confirm NIA claim.
      Must Jonathan tell you all that took place during his reign?

      • Sincere-Voice

        Did NIA say the money was released during Obasanjo’s tenure? You must be high on something.

        • John A

          If you can’t read, let others do that for you moron.

          • Sincere-Voice

            Did the NIA folk say so? Answer me and stop fooling around.

    • Just that same guy

      And ur drift brain go understand him explanation even if him talk,why must u ppl always drag this man down

      • Sincere-Voice

        Drag him down? Who is dragging him down? If you know how much I put in when you talk of supporting the clueless man to get to where he is today, you wouldn’t say those words to me.
        Jonathan has already dragged himself down.

  • amazing2012

    ..part of the money you decieved jonathan to release for the fight against Boko ! Thief !!

    • Otile

      How do you know that? Have you left ISIS for Boko Haram? I know you must be saying to yourself that work for ISIS is work for Boko Haram and also work for Allahu. As you Muslims say: all hole na one.

      • amazing2012

        Thank you for confirming your brother to be a daft.

        • Otile

          Did you say that your brother Imam Mohamed B is a daft?

          • amazing2012

            …the daft that approved the money.

          • abodes_124

            so he should not have approved money for the NIA’s functions?

  • Amir

    I honestly don’t think Jonathan has the capacity to recollect what he did with unmerited power during his period of intoxication with dollar. He has a poor understanding of governance, evidence shows he didn’t read memos properly before signing sensitive documents.

    • Pointsblank

      @amazing2012:disqus

      THE CENTRAL BANK HAS NOW SAID IN NOT SO MANY WORDS THAT IT DID NOT AND COULD NOT

      HAVE DELIVERED NEWLY MINTED U.S DOLLAR NOTES TO THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

    • abodes_124

      GEJ ‘did not read memos properly’. At least he tried to. GMB as El rufai stated pointedly does not read them at all.

      • Amir

        What is the point in reading what you can’t understand and why sign without understanding? I prefer Buhari who ‘cannot read’ than Jonathan who will pretend to read several times without understanding. That’s what got Nigeria into the present mess.

        • abodes_124

          The statement was ‘reading properly’ not ‘pretending to read’ . It is instructive that you are happy to be ruled by a president who does not attempt to read material put before him at all. I guess your attitude accounts more for Nigeria’s parlous state as you and the likes of you will quite readily elect someone who does not read to rule us again .

          • Amir

            If you are happy with Dr dumbo, retire with him to Otuoke creek and never show up on social media again. Jonathan is evidence of all that went wrong with Nigeria’s education system in the 70’s, otherwise Uniport has no reason to produce the likes of him.

          • government

            And you are evidence of all that is right in Nig.Clap for yourself

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    The greater challenge and grave danger facing Nigerian nation today is not only the costly regrettable national error of judgment that afflicted Nigerian nation with a buhari president, but the mindless damage been done to Nigerian nation by buharis myopic, clueless, hate overwhelmed, nepotistic, clannish ,religious bigotry.
    It is bad enough for any nation to be plaqued by a type of buhari president,but much more terrible for a government to parade the kind of burden and excess luggage been paraded by buhari government as his team.
    Nigerian nation have been reduced to almajiri imbeciles and mental dwarfed emirate council.
    Nothing again is considered absurd by buharis government no matter how shameful.
    A matter that would have been resolved through descrete professional investigation is now brought to the table of propaganda and mindless politics by an Efcc that have thrown all caution to the wind .
    What government ever allowed his security architecture to be so ridiculed and exposed because of irresponsible leadership.
    By the time buhari tsunami clears from Nigeria, Nigerians shall curse the day this axis of evil party APC was fraudulently registered by jega.

    • abodes_124

      Can someone do us an organogram of the Nigerian intelligence security architecture to see if we can make some sense of tis mess. there is the CIC Buhari , then NSA Monguno , then Daura at DSS, Oke at NIA and Magu at EFCC. who reports to whom. Who coordinates ?

  • Arise O Compatriot!

    He will learn to read memo properly in Kuje or kirikiri prison. Nonsense! Next!

    • Quiet Person

      @Arise O Compatriot!:disqus

      I want the lawyers here to answer. If this $50million roguery was by Muhamadu Buhari, as people are saying,
      how many years in prison will Muhamadu Buhari go to? I need to know that one before I can know what to say.
      I am not in support asking for death penalty. I don’t want him to be executed at Bar beach because he is now
      74 years old. If the court can say that he should die by hanging for betraying the trust of the people I’ll agree
      to that one, but death penalty by execution looks too harsh to me, if death by hanging is available, but if there
      are no ropes again in Nigeria, since it was the same Buhari who brought economic recession and destruction
      into Nigeria since July 1st 2016, then I can reluctantly agree to public execution at the stakes for this big theft.

      • Arise O Compatriot!

        Let’s find out… They should speak out!

  • Muhammad

    CBN need to talk on this matter because that huge cash of dollars mighty not be that stolen by any individual. Definitely is going to be from CBN direct and if not the DG of NIA should be sacked. I wonder how a strategic agency will keep money in a private apartment.

    • abodes_124

      They have been reading too many spy thrillers and must have said if the CIA can have a safe house we must have our own safe house. So they went and put safes in a house in Osborne towers and proudly showed it to a compatriot from the CIA who was visiting. The chap thought it was hilarious and went regaling his friends with the story of the NIA ‘safe’ house while drinking at a bar at Eko hotel in Lagos and one of Magu’s men who he had sent to be following the CIA man overheard and the rest as they say is now history.

  • SAM .A

    Dumbo Furtunanto Jonathan did not respond, Ayodele Oke , The DG of NIA said Dumbo , the father Christmas gave them and they all kept mum for 2 years , so that Nigeria factor will set in & it will disappear unaccounted for as usual . Incase readers forget , it is not unusual for these super Nigerians to share left over of their budget , remember the Health minister and Senator I yabo Obasanjo on the run saga . Mr Ooroafor of CBN cannot confirm the money came from CBN . After thorough investigation , Ayodele Oke and others connected must go to jail for keeping quite for 2 years as deterrent to other would be Nigerians with duplicitous mind . Nigeria is indeed a crime scene .

    • abodes_124

      2 years on the ‘clever one’ now in Aso rock has still not caught up with events including covert operations for which $50 million dollars plus was allocated. If he was not aware of such how did he proclaim on his first day that the treasury was empty ?

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Those who are being corruptly induced by this disaster and integrity deficits government to continue to support the rapping and pillaging of Nigerian nation and destroy all her institutions shall at last regret their action by the time buhari expired and they discovered that nothing is left of their nation. Buhari shall come and go but Nigeria shall remain. Buhari have destroyed democracy, opposition Party, judiciary, NASS,and now joking with one of the important organs of our national security.
    May God help Nigerian nation overcome this disaster and tsunami called buhari president.

    • Man O’ Peace

      @ohnigeriagodsavenigeria:disqus

      I WANT TO
      APPEAL TO ALL NIGERIANS not to write off the Buhari government over this loot
      of $50million because somebody who is a thief today can still become a honest
      man after 10 years imprisonment. Let the imprisonment be done first and let’s
      be patience to see if he won’t change. tomorrow. He himself campaigned on
      CHANGE and that means he believes in change. Why can’t we be patient with him
      to serve any term a court of law will give him and see the result after ten
      years? We already know that his government has hit moral rocks over this
      $50million theft and has shattered to pieces, never to be put together again.
      We agree that the Buhari government is now as dead as dodo. We must be
      futuristic and see what will happen in ten years’ time, after sentencing and
      imprisonment to see if we will not see real change.

      • PublicRekord

        Nigerians have the right to know those who owned the
        billions of Naira that had been recovered so far from Osborne Towers in Ikoyi,
        Lagos. This will definitely help in the war against corruption which the
        (Buhari) Federal Government has been emphasizing
        .”

        …………Peoples Democratic Party [PDP]

        (April 15th, 2017]

      • Just that same guy

        Bro is time the youth as for a better government ,bone APC or PDP , from time all this old cargo dem don rape out dear country dry ,so bro don’t make a case for any political party ,

    • concerned child

      @ohnigeriagodsavenigeria:disqus

      Few months ago, in January this year, another Buhari appointee, Osita Aboloma, the D-G of the
      Standards Organization of Nigeria (S.O.N), reportedly issued authorization to certain importers
      to bring in five (5) billion Naira worth of fake or defective car tyres into Nigeria.

      The tyres were then shipped in and made to legally pass through Customs because the importers
      had S.O.N certification on quality approval. Since we know that private profit is the motive of economic
      and financial crimes we do not need to ask how much bribe was paid by the importers. All we know is

      that Nigeria is in all sorts of troubles under the thumb of a very corrupt Buhari government.

      • Jide Okisoke

        ……..No wonder… you remember that last week…..Bukola Saraki was boasting….that the case BUHARI….
        …filed against him for corruption at Code of Conduct Tribunal will soon collapse…..and now that case….
        has now collapsed…..My God,…..who pushed Muhamadu Buhari into this monkey business of $50m?….
        …….What does a man at 75 years of age want to do with $50m?…..Which teeth does he have left?….
        ……………….Even his prick is paining him, according to those talking of prostate and all that………..

    • Extee2000

      WE SHOULD PSYCHO-ANALYZE TO KNOW HOW BUHARI AND THE APC

      CHANGED TO BECOME AFTERNOON CRIMINALS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.

    • TitoTX

      PMB destroying institutions? Hmnnn… what did your hero do to institutions? Strengthened CBN so that it can release money directly to Dasuki and other individuals right? From the above response from CBN, you can be sure that the money did not come from CBN. I think many of us don’t understand this borrowed system of govt called democracy, we cant have our cake and have it and development cant come on a platter of gold.
      A good example was the case of runway in Abuja airport, the wailers cited various examples all over the world where runway was constructed without closing airport but never mentioned that they have more than one runway, could it be that they dont know what a runway is? Anyway, The government has delivered on their six weeks and better life will return to Abuja airport after enduring six weeks of pains. Every development is like this, you must pay for it.

      • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

        Six weeks resurfacing of runway. Please take your corrections.
        Runways like roads needs maintenance from time to time, resurfacing of runway is not an event to be celebrated, if not that buhari have turned Nigerian citizens into mental dwarfs and mind imbeciles. Let buhari build a world class airport in abuja,Lagos Enugu,kano,portharcourt if he is not clueless.

        • TitoTX

          For whatever reason, i’m not surprised at your comment and by your comment, i can understand your mindset. Let buhari build world class airports?……How many did your hero build? have you forgotten also that your sister as a minister of aviation got about $1b to remodel our airports, if she had done what she was supposed to do, you wont have to shamelessly say PMB should build world class airports. I guess you think airport can be built in six weeks also.
          Again, nobody asked you to celebrate runway that was just completed, you will do me a lot of favour if you can point to any governor in your region that you can be proud of his performance. Its a shame that most of you just write comments.

          • rrr3

            I’m not sure you’ve travelled to a number of airports in Nigeria, then you would have known that Mrs Odua tried (even though she stole a lot too). Most of the airports were in comma before her intervention gave them a phase lift (Sokoto, Jos, enugu etc). Even the new structures in Abuja and some parts in Lagos were initiated by her, so what are you talking about? The relocation of air services to Kd was a pure political move. Experts after experts (including construction experts) have said the surface dressing can be done while air operations are still going on. You can imagine closing the airport for just dressing.Please always get your facts right before posting.

          • Dgreatest

            Please upgrade your mindset.
            Must PMB govt always be compared to Jonathan’s administration that failed Nigerians. PMB administration is failing and you are comparing it with another inefficient administration.

            You act like a child. So you mean anybody that challenges the administration of PMB is a Jonathan supporter?
            Nigerians rejected Jonathan at the polls because they wanted something better and you are here comparing last govt inefficiency with this present govt inefficiency.

          • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

            There is no Governor in Nigeria no matter how docile and incompetent that have not performed better than the myopia suffering incompetent, clueless ,fumbling and tumbling bubu.
            Wike is head and shoulder higher than buhari, same as ayade ,same as udom ,same as ikpeazu,same as gburugburu,same as umahi,same as obiano .even the most bizarre being okorocha is 100 percent better than the sick old man.

    • Pointsblank

      @disqus_BNv1VhIIbH:disqus

      THE CENTRAL BANK HAS NOW SAID IN NOT SO MANY WORDS THAT IT DID NOT AND COULD NOT

      HAVE DELIVERED NEWLY MINTED U.S DOLLAR NOTES TO THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

  • ANONYMOUS because of Police

    @ohnigeriagodsavenigeria:disqus

    Premium Times does not want to hear those calling for death penalty,
    but we will not agree to close our mouth because we are citizens of Nigeria.
    We did not vote for Muhamadu Buhari for him to be carrying $45million at night,
    and going to Osborne road to hide it in a wardrobe inside a bullet-proof wall of a safe.
    That one is not CHANGE. That one is BARAWO BANZA. We demand death penalty because
    the 1999 Constitution is supreme and death penalty is written bold inside the 1999 Constitution.

    • abodes_124

      bullet proof safe ? hmm that is a new one in this unfolding thriller!!

  • Höly Wähala

    Isaac Okorafor, said, “It is true the Central Bank of Nigeria issues mint fresh notes, but it is only to banks. After that (issuance to banks) CBN does not know which of their customers they (the banks) give those notes to and for what purpose. I cannot say if the notes the NIA is claiming came from the CBN.”

    As-is, the CBN has officially denied ownership, therewith, impeached Ayodele Oke and his NIA claim that Dr. Dumbo gave him the money for covert operations since 2013 yet, he has not deemed it necessary to inform the present President. All further bologné the complicates the saga since only the whistle-blower, EFCC and this Got. know the true identity of the real owners. Jona keeping mum speaks all too loudly as the money being remnants of withdrwan cash he used to bribe Obas and Pastors of SW where heavy spending was recorded during the last elections, he was quick to deny his links to the Malabu saga in Italy but has for 5days lost his voice as to this mega heist. The President is silent; Senators are silent, AGF is silent and not moving-in on whoever actually stole the money… The NIA must not be allowed to claim the money unless one or all of the above have spoke out on this orphaned money matter. Thieves… awon ole jaku-jaku, they know demselves. Nonsense!

    • Ade Omowest

      “….Jona keeping mum speaks all too loudly as the money being remnants of withdrwan (SIC) cash he used to bribe Obas and Pastors of SW where heavy spending was recorded during the last elections”–Holy (Shit) Wahala. True reflection of a confused tribal mischievous ‘Ganja’ smoker. “Na only in the SW Jonah spend heavy money for 2015 election”? .

      • Höly Wähala

        Where else did you see Jona kneeling with a basket on his head in front of fake yoro Pastor Adeboye?
        Who escorted Dr. Jona Dumbo to Jerusalem if not fake yoro pastors, David Oyedapo and Ayo oletsejafor?
        Where did we see Dr. Dumbo kneeling in the middle of fake yoro Obas who “Blessed” him by pointing the tail-ends of their staff at a bowed Jona… was that or all of the above in Igboland? Abi na for Aboki-Fulani North where fear nor gree the coward attend campaign rallies? It was all in your treacherous South Waste where your amoral kin pocketed his bribery money and voted for your convicted druglord, Tief Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s APC Part… useless, fetish, double-edged bastards. This and all the monies so far found are in you dirty SW so, live with reality, Yoropigs of our SW and your criminal mindset is the only problem hampering developement of that Nigeria. Awon ole jati-jati, awon oni iranu ni yin gidi. Why did only yoro Ayo Oke out of 180million Nigerians, come forward to claim ownership of monies abandoned since 2013? Asnwer yourself… I already know your tribe as aiding and abetting anything corruption for a piece of shit. Dirty creep like you… Buzz-off jare!

        • Otile

          Whatever you do, don’t include Bishop Oyedepo in your hateful ranting. He is not one of your corrupt politicians or deceiving imams. The man is a true man of God.

          • Höly Wähala

            The man is not a true man of God… he slapped a young Igbo girl kneeling to receive one their fake blessings that turn out to be curses. Oyedapo it was who claimed he did not owe the State any taxes because Nigeria did not help him build his criminal empire. It was David Oyedapo who led Dumbo to go pray at the Wailing Wall after deceiving your mentor Jona that God had told him that he would win re-election… the rest is History. Oyedapo is the biggest Ali Baba in a land of Thieves. Go siddon biko… me-ma na Catholica, I’m not of his gullible magas so I can say shit about that crook anywhere and anytime. Sue me! MUMU OTILE.

      • abodes_124

        no. so similar bundles of mullah will be found in all the states soon

      • government

        Abi na only Jona spend money for 2015 election.

    • Faith That Conquers

      Re-posted after 1 Year 4 Months and 3 weeks Now:

      Each time I re-post this it is always directed to Buhari’s die-hard supporters (although you @ Holy Wahala is now playing hypocrisy) since I know their desire is for him to succeed. The unfortunate thing is that most times you people chose to play to the gallery.

      Please if truly you love the success of Buahri do something in the positive concerning these two requests as listed below. without it Nigeria has to continue bearing this ever increasing pains until 2019 when another set of lies and propaganda will be manufactured to gather votes for Buhari again.
      May the success you desire for Buhari be witnessed as you take heed to only this two simple divine demands for his success.

      Nigerians please and please obey and find solution to your problems. There will remain confusion, disunity and immense hardship all through Buhari’s regime. Not my wish but what Nigerians will witness because Buhari has no good mission or vision for the country.
      The only things that can change these things from continuing are:

      1) Buhari must admit openly he has been manipulating the system instead of proffering solutions. This, he will never do.

      2) After that, he must sincerely look for qualified Nigerians to assist his steering this ship of Nigeria instead of APC members who knew next to nothing about their ministries.

      3) He must allow the judiciary and the national assembly stand each separately as independent arm of the government.

      4) He must fight corruption not pretending he is not corrupt, but because they have all installed and benefited from corruption and God is not happy with any of them. The implication is there should be no sacred cows being protected directly or indirectly by him.

      5) If Nigerians want God to intervene not minding Buhari, they must love and accept themselves as one people above ethnic or religious affiliations.

      6) They must agree Buhari is no messiah to save Nigeria from its predicaments.

      Finally, the choice is either in the hands of Nigerians to do the two things advice or continue to suffer all through Buhari’s regime or for Buhari to comply with the outlined instructions so that God can lead Nigeria out of its sufferings.

      • Höly Wähala

        You said 2 thing but ended up posting a windy gibberish of 6 things that I did not read… Get Lost!

        • Faith That Conquers

          “Get lost”-@ Holy Wahala. You hypocritically helped to foist this failure, sufferings, hardship and confusion on Nigerians and now you’re halting between 2 opinions. Repent! after all it has become the obvious your Buhari is not the messiah you presented him to be. Love other Nigerians and God will help Nigeria out of Buhari’s mess.

          • Höly Wähala

            IGNOOORED… for childish banter. Again… Get Lost!

          • Faith That Conquers

            Repent of your hypocrisy and love other Nigerians. Your Buhari is not the messiah you people polished him to be before presenting him to Nigerians. The man is a hypocrite like yourself. Buhari hides behind others doing evil.

    • Just that same guy

      Like your name imply u get wahala , who own that apt, first , nia claim the cash have been with dem since 2013 when was the last election , bro kindly investigate things first okay, with time the truth will come out , Jonathan is wise ,not to talk cos y’all will still hold him to his words so chill make we really see who get the money,

      • Höly Wähala

        Was he wise to disclaim Sambo Dasuki and the $2.1bn arms deal money? Was he wise to dispute Malabu and the $1.2bn oyel money heist with Dan Etete? Now playing the wise man in an open-n-close case. Let him come out and state whether he approved such money or not and you’re there defending a known crook who will still end up in jail. Why is this and the previous Govt. suddenly cooperating to “keep silent” in a matter of huge national interest with urgency note appended to it? Listen, Nigerians have a right to know who kept that money there and on whose authority. No sane person believes the cock and bull stories flying around town unless those directly involved come out to exonerate themselves… Klar? Nonsense!

        • abodes_124

          Pease do clarify your submissions. Was the money looted in 2013 for the 2015 election or in 2015 with ongoing daily top up for the 2019 elections?

          • Höly Wähala

            Go and ask bald Ibrahim Magu who has been in the news with his gragra war, ask him who owns the money/apt and I will be able to tell you when I think the kudi got lifted… meanwhile, wonder why the usually talkative Jona Dumbo has suddenly lost his lying-ass voice. He should come out and say whether he authorized such cash be stashed in a private abode and why. Shikena!

        • Otile

          I know you must do everything to hang this stolen money on his neck like the Sword of Domacles. You are a hater.

          • Höly Wähala

            Sorry, I do not even believe it was his money but, I think he should speak up and exonerate himself. Ask yourself why has the talkative Dumbo suddenly lost his voice? Anyone could own the money, Magu knows and should tell us. Klar?

  • Fairgame

    Jonathan is wise to keep mum. Let Buhari and his corrupt government face the music they started playing. Hypocrites. Amaechi cannot deny ownership of the apartment where the money was found. It is open knowledge that that money was found in amaechi’s apartment. But this corrupt government want to use Jonathan to distract Nigerians. They have failed.

    • Bleeding heart

      @disqus_BNv1VhIIbH:disqus: Let’s not throw away the child
      with the bath water. I can understand how Nigerians are feeling on this issue, but truth is,
      we must also look to see if this accused suspect has stolen before; if not, the punishment
      should be compassionately measured to fit that of a first offender in the light of the weight of
      the loot of $50million plus other millions of Euros and Naira stolen at the same time. If we allow
      ourselves to be guided by a compassionate spirit, we’ll agree that public execution at the stakes
      is the ideal, fair and proportionate penalty.

      • Fairgame

        My brother it is the hypocrisy of Buhari and his government that is nauseating. This is the third stash of money found that the government has refused to give details on. So in my view Buhari is using state institutions to protect his corrupt allies and that is the worst form of corruption institutional corruption. Why is it that NIA is claiming money stashed in a private apartment that belongs to Rotimi Amaechi? That is terrible for the country that an institution will be used to cover up corruption among Buhari’s allies while media is used to try others for corruption. It is hypocrisy that stinks to the heavens.

        • Gabriel Iorsuwe

          The same media is what you are using to convict R. Ameachi of what you cannot proof. You are indeed a hypocrite, can you bring facts here to proof that Ameachi is in fact the rightful owner of the building and hence the money also? What you are doing is worse than killing I mean, giving account of what you don’t know (lies).

          • abodes_124

            Can you ‘proof’ that Jonathan stole the money and kept it there ?
            All the talk here na yama yama. The EFCC has the information. If they release it we will have the answers. If they do not, which seem more and more likely, the yama yama will continue and I am afraid your friend Amaechi will be more firmly in the frame then. Like the names of looters which they have refused to release we will never know the culprit.

          • Gabriel Iorsuwe

            Wrong! I never accused Jonathan of stealing the money and I will never unless proven otherwise. So too do I Ameachi because, I have no proofs. Ameachi is not my friend neither is Jonathan, but mind you there is no place for hate in my life because hatred has never won any war.

    • abodes_124

      Shhh – stop spoiling business. this GEJs money. PDP needs every penny it can get for next election. Magu has gone and frozen all other potential PDP account sources

  • abodes_124

    We all know it is the balance of money that Amaechi brought for the APC 2015 election campaign. It was being kept for 2019 maybe with ongoing regular top ups. Magu don go spoil everything ! If anyone owns the money really it is the rivers state people who it was stolen from. Anyway that is my theory.

    • concernednigerian

      Your theory is plausible and meritorious.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    CBN released hundreds of millions of dollars directly to erstwhile National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuku. So, any talk of releasing untouched dollar notes ONLY to banks is a blatant lie. The current CBN management is as guilty as hell of money laundering. Emefiele is a disgrace and ought to have been handed over to the security agencies for investigation eons ago.

  • FreeNigeria

    Nigerians and corruption, Why is the money in an apartment instead of NIA account? wicked and soulless thieves.

    • abodes_124

      because all it needed was to be in a house with safes thereafter called a sage house. Our useless armed robbers just go and chase their fellow poor compatriots. look at the unprotected money they could have captured!

  • Cleartruth

    I can now understand why they all want to remove magu. Magu wants to fight corruption both in pdp and apc , but apc is putting him under pressure to shield their members from corruption fight. Shame to you buhari.

    • systematic

      y mention buhari name y

      • Concerned Nigerian

        Buhari is at the center of everything. He knows how to cover his allies.He is a highly biased person.

        • systematic

          that is for you but for us the good people of nigeria we know that buhari is not biased

        • systematic

          johna is a big thieve weather u like it o not

          • abodes_124

            Of course just in the same way that Abacha never stole a penny

        • systematic

          johna is a big thieve weather u like it o not he criple nigeria to the barstart level

        • concernednigerian

          I did not write this. Some lazy person from Buhari Media Centre has stolen my pseudonym

    • jamajake

      You think pdp want Magu to stay?

    • Olukayode

      Shame shame shame shame. One to you, one to your father, one to your mother and the reminder one to be shared by all members of your family except your children if any. Hope you are happy my friend?

      • Cleartruth

        Big Shame to your father, big shame to your mother , big shame to your entire generation.

    • abodes_124

      I disagree, agu blundered into what he did not know or was too daft to listen when told initially. H thought he was having one up Daura of the DSS not realising the difference between the DSS and NIA.

    • abodes_124

      Magu is fighting like a wounded mad dog, biting friend, foe and owner alike

  • iwe paul

    For me,I thought the EFCC would have been more circumspect. Investigate and interrogate well first ,before coming to the media. The media blitz already shows an ulterior motive,very far from catching the culprits,or the people responsible,if indeed there is a criminal element in all this saga. Diligent investigation and then prosecution,before inviting the cameras is A VERY VITAL INGREDIENT OF POSSIBLE CREDIBILITY and unfortunately this is missing in MAGU’S EFCC and makes me really,really worried about their modus operandi. THEY appear too eager to court the press as if being tele-guided by some political forces,but time will tell and expose the true position of things. For me,this EFCC IS HOGWASH!

    • abodes_124

      Magu you understand is a policeman who rose from the ranks. Thinking and analysis is not his forte. All he knows is arrest anyone alleged to be a suspect and parade them. that is how Nigerian police operate. WHO IS ASUSPECT? ANYONE YOU POINT OUT TO THE POLICE WHO CANNOT SUBSEQUENTLY EXTRICATE HIMSELF WITH A BRIBE OR BIG MAN CONNECTION

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Do not expect EFCC to neglect information to recover loots & spend time investigating.
      If he failed to make public what he recovered, you will be the first to accuse MAGU of secrecy to cover up.

      You recover the money first and ask owners to come forward. If no one came forward, those who might have kept it their are then arraigned & prosecuted. Not the other way round.

      • abodes_124

        The EFCC has indeed been shy of making public what it has recovered , who it has recovered it from and what has been done with the recovered loot. So they could have kept MUM on this one as well for ‘legal reasons’ as they did in June last after an initial fan fare that they were going to let us know who the looters are.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          EFCC is not supposed to know who owns or kept stolen money in the building before recovering it.
          It is after recovering that those who might have kept it there or own it will be investigated & charged to Court.
          If you think the money might have stolen from you, like WIKE, you take the evidence to Court to register your claim.
          Those suspected to have kept the money there if announced without full investigation will course another problem for EFCC & those wrongly accused.

          • abodes_124

            Struggling to get your drift but thanks for your effort in making some sort of contribution to the discourse.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Please don’t blame me for your low capacity to comprehend.
            To certify your curiosity is not part of EFCC’s job.

          • abodes_124

            We all have different cognitive capacities. When that is deficient the elementary rules of grammar and syntax are not followed. This befuddles simple folk like me . For example in the above response I am presuming that you mean SATISFY your curiousity and not CERTIFY your curiousity. If you insist on the latter then it is not just cognitive ability that is the problem, someone does need certifying!
            Small hint – do not go into the market naked my friend.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Again, insulting people only depict you as an imbecile.

          • abodes_124

            Poor boy – it should be DEPICTS not DEPICT.
            I would be the last person to insult anybody. i find that people invariably who are so minded insult themselves without any help.
            I do not view helping with your education as insulting you.
            I await your next response with interest as do a few others.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Try to visualise what $81billion NNPC failed to remit to Nigeria during Jonathan’s maladministration, had it been invested in agribusiness, Standard Railway lines & 2,500MW Mambilla hydro power project ETC. Can you?. Imbecile.

          • abodes_124

            Ouch! Problem with syntax though I get your drift. However your statement is ridden with factual inaccuracies so not worth a rebuttal

  • systematic

    johnathan is a confirm looter, i don’t no y efcc is covering up let us know the true owner of that cash simple

    • Ken

      People like you just have an uncanny hatred for GEJ. If GEJ did not perform, these guys would have forgotten him. They keep referring to GEJ because Apc can’t match him. GEJ is the best president so far. The only thing commissioned so far by buhari was done by GEJ

      • Patriot

        Stop deceiving yourself bro and be objective for once. A thief s a thief and people know, but he is just being respected. However, that can’t last forever. One day he will be made to face the consequences of his actions, we cannot be deceived any longer by a deceptive gentle look. Nobody hates anybody, it is just unfair the level they have impoverished the masses bcos of greed

      • systematic

        yes we hate him for what hi did to nigerians

    • abodes_124

      Yes oh. I wonder why EFCC is covering for Jonathan. Is it true that Jonathan has returned to Aso rock and pushed our ailing president to the ‘other room’ while he runs the affairs of state.

      • systematic

        and the money was paid in 2013 not 2015 so answer ur salve

        • abodes_124

          Na waoooh 2013 and they could not manage to spend it all. What I cannot understand is the 2017 date stamps on the wraps which you can see if you enlarge the picture. Do you think Maguaddedthoseon top for effect?

  • Ibrahim Ahmed

    The N.I.A boss said the money was given to his agency by former president Jonathan for some covet operations which means the former president is been shielded from prosecution again because of his humble demeanor but what does that mean to the rule of law, The law is supposed to protect good morals.

    • Alexander Ekihanem

      @disqus_7dwDlkDtHu:disqus

      If indeed
      Muhamadu Buhari is involved in this moneylaundering of 45 million dollars it
      means that the Senate will have constitutional footing to commence impeachment
      proceeding. The aces will then be with Bukola Saraki to decide if Muhamadu
      Buhari will stay or go, whereas, the same Bukola Saraki is himself in the
      middle of a Code of Conduct Tribunal that will decide if he (Bukola Saraki)
      will stay or go as Senate President. Can you see how corruption under this
      Buhari government has now thrown Nigeria into a complete mess?

      • kayode Olaseni

        @disqus_nhXQaBfwCl:disqus

        THERE IS NO WAY NEWLY MINTED DOLLAR BILLS IN WRAPPERS WORTH 45 MILLION
        CAN PASS WITHIN THE SYSTEM WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF PRESIDENT BUHARI.
        CENTRAL BANK HAS DENIED GIVING ANY $45 MILLION TO NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.

        THEREFORE THE LINK TO JONATHAN IS BROKEN FOREVER. WHO NOW STOLE IT?
        SO LONG AS APC IN GOVERNMENT CAN’T SAY THE OWNER OF THE FLAT AT ISSUE,
        IT MEANS THE APC party IS DIRECTLY IMPLICATED IN THIS GRAND THEFT of $45m.

        • Patriot

          Your analogy is wrong

        • stanejike

          You are absolutely right!

      • Tayo

        Read well to a certain level of understanding, they (NIA) said they have collected the money with the approval of President Jonathan and not Buhari

        • Faith That Conquers

          Ask Buhari the hypocrite if NIA briefed him concerning the fund and why Magu stood up against Buhari’s government if the answer is yes.

          • abodes_124

            If they briefed he may not have heard. e are aware of his ear problem.

        • Patriot

          And why is Buhari refusing to prosecute GEJ for all the corruption cases linked to him since he left office. They are too many already. Why is Buhari so afraid to do justice to all and treat everybody equally according to the rule of law? I know he’s afraid of SS/SE and thinking that he can win their love by shielding GEJ, the truth is that no mater what he does, this ppl are not ready to love him or APC. The best is for him to prosecute all corrupt ppl including any indicted former presidents

          • abodes_124

            including his paddy men OBJ and Abacha ?

        • abodes_124

          So did every other body or agency that collected money from the several trillion naira 2015 budget. One presumes Jonathan remains responsible for the expenditure or lack thereon of all such monies until the 2016 budget was appropriated. No wonder . i now understand why he is still responsible for everything happening in Nigeria to this day.

        • stanejike

          The Dasuki that is being prosecuted, is it not the same Jonathan’s govt that approved his funds. It’s always a govt in power that makes approvals for release of funds, how you utilise it is your responsibility, which can lead to your promotion or prosecution!

    • Faith That Conquers

      You should be wiser than this. Ask Buhari if NIA briefed him concerning the fund and why Magu stood up against Buhari’s government if the answer is yes.

    • Soul_brother

      Is NIA still under GEJ’s control? Buhari is Mr Integrity. Why will he be shielding Jonathan?

      • abodes_124

        GMB has been shielding Jonathan and Patience. he has just returned her loot to her !

        • share Idea

          Really, when sane Buhai administration have just appealed against the judgement that ordered unfreezing of her accounts

          • abodes_124

            Sarcasm was intended but perhaps not appreciated.

      • abodes_124

        Apparently everything is including the economy

    • abodes_124

      When in a years time it is found that Buhari appointees have been hiding / chopping money approved by Jonathan in the 2015 budget we will catch Jonathan and imprison him for the money he approved in the 2015 budget .

    • abodes_124

      The former President did have to ‘approve’ money for agencies and departments to run . it is called appropriation of a budget passed by the legislature. If that is a crime then all our present and past leaders who have approved budgets and who are alive should be arrested and sent to Kuje.

  • Ken

    So if GEJ approved money for NIA operations, is it an individual house the money would be kept? And to think that the house or flat belongs to Amaechi is so absurd. GEJ can never do that

  • Onike24

    It is appalling that Nigerians who never bother to demand for the names and addresses of suicide bombers that strike Northern Nigeria on almost weekly basis, are now the same people demanding to know the name and/occupier of the Flat at Ikoyi. Truly, what goes around comes around.

    • abodes_124

      there maybe a link between that flat and the suicide bombers you know.

  • Lanre

    Premium Times. Do a little bit of investigative work. The NIA, a government agency has come out to state the money belongs to it. This is not Jonathan’s responsibility. The man left office in 2015 and if money was budgeted then and not spent, the civil servants after proper audit return the money to the coffers of government. The attention of Nigerians should be directed at the NIA. Why was the money not returned to the Treasury in 2016? If the money was budgeted for in 2016 and 2017, then Buhari knows about it. All these witch hunt against Jonathan is unnecessary. Over to you.

    • Gbola

      The NIA boss (an appointee of Jonathan) said the money was for a 30 year covert operation. So ot couldn’t have been returned.

      30 years never nack finish
      E remain. 26 more years.

      • abodes_124

        Dasuki’s must have been for a 60 year covert operation.

        • Gbola

          Dasuki ??

          His ENTIRE life has been a covert operation.

      • stanejike

        First, the current DG is not an appointee of GEJ. Second, even if an operation is for 100yrs, the agency is supposed to give regular briefing to the government in power… The current NSA is supposed to coordinate all intelligence of govt. If these scenarios are not the case, then this govt is incompetent!

        • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

          You are correct, brother.this NIA boss is buharis appointee.
          I have problems with an educated generation that allowed old myopic illiterate to bewitch them because of irresponsible political expediency

        • abodes_124

          Like El Rufais memos, the briefing on the covert operations placed before Buhari on 30th May 2015 is yet to be read. This why he needs another 4 years to catch up with such matters.

      • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

        .this NIA boss is buharis appointee.
        I have problems with an educated generation that allowed old myopic illiterate to bewitch them because of irresponsible political expediency

        • Gbola

          I hope you don’t choke on your admitted problem .
          You’re relapsing.
          Listen to your psychologist. Take your meds, it’s for your own good.

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    The investigation by this paper gradually leads to the source.

  • factfinder

    The money never belonged to any agency of the govt. That was simply a cover up!

    • band olu

      The DG of d agency is an appointee of Jonathan, he said d money belongs to his agency & that Jonathan approved it, i don’t think he will lie against his former boss ……All we are saying now is that Jonathan should talk & clarify issues..

      • stanejike

        Go and cross-check your facts. PMB is the one that appointed the current DG of NIA!

        • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

          You are correct, brother.
          I have problems with an educated generation that allowed old myopic illiterate to bewitch them because of irresponsible political expediency.

          • band olu

            All u guys have to do is to google Ayo Oke NIA or check Wikipedia,u will see he was appointed in 2013 & took over from Olaniyi Oladeji who was d DG from 2009-2013…

        • band olu

          Not true, he was appointed in Nov 2013 was PMB d president then?..

  • Bigtin

    Premium Times this funds was recovered by the PMB administration …..so why Pull Jonathan in

    • Arabakpura

      The agency that came to claim it had said that it was approved by Jonathan!

      • stanejike

        After how many years? Who owns the apartment where this money is kept? And who told you that the current govt is not aware of any fund kept by any of it’s agencies?

        • Arabakpura

          FYI; they also found JonathanSambo campaign documents there! What does this suggest to you? It’s a place used to store memorabilia!

          • stanejike

            You are still dodging the issue. Who owns the apartment? If it’s either Jonathan or Sambo, we want to know!

          • Arabakpura

            Wait for my employment letter to come from the EFCC; I promise to provide this information the next day!

          • stanejike

            Supported. I always stand for competence. The present EFCC leadership may just be incompetent!

          • James Ojapa

            And those campaign documents just surfaced now. How come they did not show it in their much publicized video. Let the cover up continue

          • Arabakpura

            They surfaced together with the money but many people did not pay attention because the mint dollars over-wetted their appetite!

    • systematic

      i now understand that u are a complete Dev and dome u can’t read to understand

    • isiaka

      please, use your brain wisely.

  • Olatubosun

    Jonathan no more about it that is why he keeps silent…….

  • Olatubosun

    Jonathan needs to be probed also…….
    I am very sure he can explain better

    • abodes_124

      …better than the president in power. unless as they say he is in office but not in power

  • Olatubosun

    Jonathan nearly enslaved us in this country…. Thanks to buhari that we have buhari as our president….

    Useless being

    • 124bayus

      @disqus_T8bfSdL7xX:disqus

      Newly minted dollars are never delivered to government agencies directly by Central Bank of Nigeria,
      because the commercial banks have the duty to match serial numbers against customers in case of
      investigation into any international crime funded with U.S dollars. That ended any link to Goodluck
      Jonathan. If the Central Bank did not give $45million to National Intelligence Agency. Any bogus
      story trying to link Jonathan to the money falls flat. And now that this last lie has been punctured,
      what next?

      • Arabakpura

        It has not been punctured! Jonathan had waivers from CBN during his time! He received monies directly from CBN! Don’t be in a hurry; this story will fully unravel! Have you forgotten that Dasuki withdrew directly from CBN?

    • abodes_124

      But he is still enslaving us because he is in charge and even running covert operations Buhari knows absolutely nothing about.

  • Gary

    PT, thanks for taking up the legwork to unravel this story. GEJ will have to speak for himself on whether he approved the funds in question to clandestine activities by the NIA and when.
    Then the NIA will itself have to answer how long the supposed operation/s approved lasted and if the incoming Buhari administration was briefed when it took office. If not, then we have an agency running a rogue operation that borders on treason.

    If NSA Munguno was briefed and aware of the operation, then he too will have to answer if and when he told President Buhari about it.
    If the NSA knew of the operation, then we must ask why Ibrahim Magu launched his made-for-the-media unmasking of the Osborne Towers Loot.
    Did he, as is now claimed by the NIA, go rouge on his own to defy the NSA, NIA and embarrass the same government that has so far stood by him in the face of being twice rejected by the Senate?
    Why would he do that and for what purpose? As blackmail to keep his job since removing him now will lead to Magu singing like a canary to his media allies and their “informed sources at the EFCC” about the shenanigans of the key personalities of the current APC government?

    Ibrahim Magu knows where all bodies are buried in this regime just as he knows who owns the Osborne Towers Loot and the apartment it was kept.

    We are now watching a game of chicken unfold about who will blink first or be sacrificed to cover up this unanticipated fiasco from the Whistleblower policy now getting too close for comfort for the APC stalwarts in and out of government.

    We can’t wait until whistleblowers go to work in all the states, especially Lagos. A lot of folks must be getting constipated and butt-clenched by what the promise of five percent of recovered loot has unleashed for their long-suffering countrymen they have robbed for so long and even driven to suicide.

    • jasper123

      Just like president Buhari came out to defend his approval of 270m to his SGF on the grass cutter business! We the citizens are the major problems this country has got! Depending on our interests we chastise one corruption and support the other!

  • Arabakpura

    PT: if you want Jonathan to talk, threaten his international reputation!

  • EXPOSED!!!

    Its a shame that a man like Buhari is President. Really big shame. Nothing is inspiring…not his hardly inaudible speeches, slurs or lies. Worse is his slow pace even in inaction. What does Buhari actually do right? Nothing has been successfully investigated or solved since 2 years that he came in except the endless mass release of Terrorists and negotiations/deals with Boko Haram and Herdsmen. Not even one Terrorist is been prosecuted. How can a govt that does not identify criminals and terrorists who attack the state be expected to identify its own who owns the millions.

    MONEY BELONGS TO SOME SENATE MEMBERS & APC CHIEFS
    Magu is aware that some Senators want him out, so the only way Magu’s case will forever be dropped is for Magu to threaten to expose them by revealing this loot. Now the Senators will approve Magu’s nomination …and the whole matter will die down. In all of this I pity the Niger Delta people who actually own all the money (because they are proceeds of oil sales in one way or the other) but continue to wallow in poverty.

  • Angry Nigerian

    Mohammed Buhari and his cabinet have lost this one. How can one explain that after 2 years a sitting government that holds security meetings almost quarterly at Presidential level is unaware that its NIA has such funds? Come on people, when you put too much sand for blind man garri him go know say you add something. This sand that Buhari and Lia Mohammed (even though the latter has kept his distance from the story thus far) is too much. I still recommend Death sentence for corrupt politicians and their collaborators and the application of Justice should be retroactive. My only problem is what will happen to ‘saints’ like Moshood Abiola & Bola Ige? How do we execute the dead?

    • Sir Demo

      Were!

  • Mayo

    This headline/article is not necessary and is simply sensational. Why should the GEJ respond when NIA has not officially claimed the money? All we have heard is news reports from the media that their sources or people from NIA who refused to go on the record have said XYZ. This same media had previously quoted the same un-named sources as saying NIA had denied claims of owning the money.

    Secondly, why should GEJ respond to whether he released money to NIA or not. The issue is that the money was found in a private residence. Even if GEJ released the money, did he authorize NIA to move it to a private residence or did NIA tell him the money would be moved?

    How come Premium Times doesn’t have a headline asking President Buhari to speak after all this is purpotedly money being used for covert operations and he is the sitting president. In addition if we believe the money is owned by NIA, then this is an embarrassing public war between 2 government agencies

    • abodes_124

      We usually reason from the rear end in Nigeria. Some Nigerians are asking the ex president to speak on the rumours and conjectures flying about all over the place but are not calling for the sitting President who has the facts and records to hand to speak. This is why we constantly go backwards instead of forwards

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    Jonathan name keep poping up in all the corruption sandals, Its hard to believe the NIA story but if its true, and Buhari wasnt briefed, then it was part of Jonathan campaign funds and needs to be probed

  • Usman

    NIA, tell us the truth

  • luvnaija

    I doubt GEJ remembers how much he shared in his tenure especially during his 2015 failed campaign. The guy was just giving out thousands of USD to every Pastor, Iman, traditional priest and priestesses rather than doing the right thing for Nigerians.
    What a waste

    • share Idea

      Ic your clueless leader could not know that such amount is not under TSA, how do you expect GEJ to know?

      For your information, the video footage from EFCC shows that some of the money have 2016 stamp, I guess it was GEJ that pist dated such funds…Nigeria we hail thee

      • marc umeh

        GEJ can speak for himself. He does not need an extra spokesperson.

    • abodes_124

      in 2013?

  • Sword of Damocles

    CBN just like NNPC are criminal enterprises. Nobody asked CBN if the recovered mint fresh monies “moved directly from the CBN to NIA. what we asked CBN is a simple question; going by the serial numbers of the mint fresh monies NOW IN THEIR CUSTODY, who was the monies ORIGINIALLY RELEASED TO & WHEN. If they do not have these records, then the US federal reserve Bank, the United States Secret Service(as the agency tasked with money laundering of US currency), and the US Treasury must be notified, since the Nigerian government does not have record of when/how “reserve” tender that it purchased MOVES FROM ITS CENTRAL BANK. This answer from the CBN is an insult to 180 million Nigerians. We are tired of the ruling elites of this country ALWAYS looking out for their own to the detriment of the common man. I will say it boldly, it is better to have a reactionary bloody revolution than to pretend that we live under the rule of law where these worthless leaders treat us like cow dung. Again I repeat to the CBN, tell us when you released these serial numbers & to whom(be it commercial bank o, alien martian, yam eating goat, whatever) we are not are no fools and are mad as hell. I have never been an activist, but if they try to sweep this issue under the carpet, I will do my little part here in AUSTIN by emailing the US federal reserve Bank, the USSS(Secret Service) & the treasury department about apparent state sponsored money laundering of the Massive amounts of US currency which can be used for terrorist acts, until they have to publicly speak about this disgraceful behavior by our leaders

    • Reginald Dandeson

      We are solidly behind you. You’ve spoken like a wise man.

    • James Ojapa

      Please go ahead. Dont wait for a response. CBN is actively engaged in sponsoring money laundering with their exemption of govermment agencies from the cashless policy, abd their insistence on disbursement of dollars in cash to bdc and other dealers. The scam is easy. Government rogues withdraw allocations in cash without charges and buy cash dollars which is supplied by CBN. It is as simple as that

    • agbara

      Pls do,u may be our only hope,..report them

    • abodes_124

      could it be Boko Haram money [for release of the Chibok girls] . I know Magu is daft but they do need to tell him about a few things going on so he does keep on blundering

  • tunde008

    The president has given them one week for EFCC to tell us all they know about this particular money.Magu has been very ineffective in his duties to the masses

    • Sir Demo

      It is a tactic and a clever one too. Play dumb until the court forfeiture deadline expires and bingo the loot is permanently forfeited with no kobo spend on endless litigations. After that prosecution commence in earnest.

  • Ibrahim Ahmed

    This investigation requires the best this country has to offer cos a landmark case that can be a reference to all cases of corruption is about to start thou corruption wants to fight back by everything in its power,The die is cast and nothing should be spared in prosecuting the case no matter the so called peace agenda that spares some former office holders from been tried for this is a criminal case not a civil one and the thiefs our system is trying to shield to avoid a former president been disgraced are busy trying to rope them in.You cannot hide leprosy forever.

    • Emem Umoetuk

      My brother, it is Nigeria we are talking about. Just wait and see how this matter is going to span out. This case is going down the same way nearly all corruption cases in Nigeria usually goes down, buried. Fela called it government magic. “Dem fit turn electric to candle” What a mess, this thing called Nigeria.

  • Patriot

    If PMB is afraid to prosecute GEJ, he should pls go on two weeks vacation and allow Osinbajo to do the much needed, this corruption discoveries is getting too much

  • Mizch

    Many of the comments here are like the project called Nigeria.

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  • marc umeh

    Something stinks to high heavens. The notes have serial numbers and the CBN can’t tell who the money was issued to. The ex- pres is mum. The current pres is mum. NIA claims the money. Rivers state claims the money.Nobody knows who owns the apartment.
    This country is in serious trouble.

  • Ishaku Dingba

    The CBN says it is true that it issues mint notes, but only to banks. We know the number of banks in this country. Why can’t this reporter go find all the bank executive to speak instead of asking Jonathan who left two years to speak?
    It seems every reporter find Jonathan’s name so easy to splash so that their newspapers can sell. Please, let’s give respect to Jonathan period.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Anyone linked with the recovered S13b naira cash of foreign and domestic denominations that EFCC recovered from a flat in Ikoyi,Lagos must be questioned and prosecuted.Dollara,pound-sterling and naira do not possess feet to walk from the CBN to that flat in Ikoyi,Lagos.Definitely, those cash were looted from the Nigerian public treasuries or possibly, CBN part of the huge public funds looted from the CBN by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for the 2015 presidential poll which he lost.

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Time for C.B.N GOVERNOR TO STEP ASIDE, for proper investigation. This CBN GOVERNOR AS FAILED TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY, THE CITIZENS AND HIS OFFICE, HE HAS SHOWN GROSS INDISCIPLINE AND NEGLIGENCE OF DUTY, HE MUST SURELY STEP ASIDE.