*Alleges Existing Sundry Corruption Charges
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has sent a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over the need to investigate allegations levelled against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November 6 Anambra election, Andy Uba.
CACOL, which has since submitted the petition, is praying the anti graft agency to quickly look into the corruption allegations leveled against the politician as contained in an investigative report published by online medium, Premium Times, with a view to ensuring that all requisite legal loopholes are covered in cases involving public office seekers and holders.
“We learnt from the publication that Mr. Uba was subject of a U.S investigation into an advance fee fraud scheme, known as 419 in Nigeria, according to the U.S government,” CACOL pointed out.
Uba is alleged to have been Indicted a few years ago in the US for smuggling Dollars into the country and in addition to doing same with Pound Sterling into the United Kingdom. CACOL is also alleging in the petition that Uba is a subject of investigation in the US over allegations of involvement in Advance Fee Fraud, referred to as 419 in Nigeria, as well as being reportedly barred from entering the UK. The European nation, the petition adds, concluded that he was involved in fraudulent practices and other criminal activities, a reason for which his presence was not welcomed.
In particular, CACOL pointed out that Uba, also known as Emmanuel Uba, ran into trouble with the US authorities in 2003 for allegedly smuggling $170,000 into the country, using Nigeria’s presidential aircraft which flew him into New York for a meeting at the United Nations. He allegedly concealed the money without declaring same but instead, handed it over to his girl friend.
“He concealed the bulk cash, failed to declare it at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, and later handed it over to his girlfriend, contrary to the U.S law which he was familiar with as a regular traveller and as someone who had lived in the U.S before, according to court papers released by the American government,” CACOL wrote.
CACOL also alleged that Uba equally ran into trouble in the UK leading to his being barred from the European country. The politician according to the petition, attempted to enter the UK despite being barred earlier. He was however, refused entry as the private aircraft in which he traveled was turned back at the Luton Airport but not before confiscating about €135,000 found on him out of which he could not account for €100,000 and an alleged large cache of jewelry
“On the basis of your character, conduct and association with fraud and other criminal activities, your presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good and the Home Secretary has therefore decided that you should be excluded from all territories of the United Kingdom,” CACOL’s petition reported UK authorities as telling Uba in a December 2, 2008 letter in which the country also told him of its decision to revoke his multiple visit visa.
“We learnt from the publication that Mr. Uba was subject of a U.S investigation into an advance fee fraud scheme, known as 419 in Nigeria, according to the U.S government.
“In the UK, he was said to have been barred from entering. The authorities said the Nigerian politician was associated with “fraud and other criminal activities”, and that “his presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good”