Atiku Challenges EFCC on Acquisition of Keystone Bank and 9Mobile


When it rains, it pours. That has been the case with the scandalous story of how close friends of President Muhammadu Buhari acquired substantial stakes in Keystone Bank and 9Mobile. Despite denials from relevant quarters, the story simply refuses to go away obviously due to the weighty implications of the allegations.
Now, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 elections, has been reported claiming to be in possession of concrete evidence showing how allies of President Buhari acquired stakes in Keystone Bank and 9Mobile.
It would be recalled that one Elder statesman, Buba Galadima, has also recently alleged that most of President Buhari’s relatives have become overnight billionaires by amassing wealth illegally. Now, it is being further revealed that some family members of the president are stakeholders in Keystone Bank and 9Mobile, apart from Isa Funtua who has been widely associated with the scandal.
Despite denials of any fraudulent acquisitions from both Keystone Bank and 9Mobile, former Vice President Atiku, in making the allegations and claiming possession of evidence, has called on the EFCC to look into his claims but the anti-graft agency has not released its official response to the matter.
Meanwhile, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku’s special assistant on public communications, on Thursday in a signed statement rubbished the Presidency’s demand for evidence before it could act on the allegations.
Shaibu said, “While we hold on to the piece of evidence that we have, it is no longer in doubt that underhand dealings took place in the acquisition of Keystone Bank and 9Mobile. The roles played by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), both agencies of government have been widely reported and not controverted. The days of playing the ostrich by the Presidency are over. No more hiding for them.”
But as the EFCC is being accused of partisanship in failing to act on the allegations, Atiku has now called on the National Assembly to be bold enough to carry out an independent probe on the burning scandal to expose and stop the abuse of presidential connections in illegal and corrupt family acquisition of public assets in Nigeria.

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