Amid the controversy trailing the alleged non-declaration of N175million at the airport by a son of the Osun State Governor, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to wade into the matter.
Mr. Kabiru Aregbesola, son of the governor was allegedly held at the Muitala Mohammed Airport, Lagos on Tuesday for failing to declare close to a million dollar while travelling abroad.
The Chairman of the Osun State chapter of the PDP, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the state capital yesterday, claimed that “Kabiru was allegedly arrested at the departure wing of the Muritala Mohammed Airport with the lump sum of money that was not cleared but stocked in his luggage, despite his father owing workers over six months salaries.
“We charge the EFCC and other security agencies to ensure that the matter is not swept under the carpet but allow Kabiru to face the music for he has been serving as a conduit pipe for the governor to siphon Osun State’s resources.”
“The world would recall that Kabiru got the contract for the failed Opon Imo, among others. We wonder how a governor can be so insensitive to the plight of his workers while his son is busy with money laundering business. Is this the change the All Progressives Congress, APC has been shouting about?”
In his response, the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, debunked the claim.
He said “son of Aregbesola was not arrested for money laundering.
“It has become pertinent to inform Nigerians and others generally that there is no iota of truth in the story being peddled around by some misguided elements claiming that a son of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Kabir Aregbesola was arrested at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 with a huge sum of money in foreign currencies.
“We have discovered the authors of the wicked and malicious lie are doggedly pursuing their agenda by engaging in an aggressive push for the falsehood to reach a larger population, especially using the social media”.
“The younger Aregbesola neither travelled anywhere nor had any encounter with any security personnel on the said day. It is obvious the evil minds at work are out to drag an innocent young man’s name into this dirt in order to get at his father,
“Aregbesola has maintained a life of a moderate family man with a set of highly disciplined children who cannot be found wanting on issues of morals and societal values.
“Members of the public are therefore urged to dismiss the falsehood because it is just another handiwork of mischievous minds,” he said.
It was alleged that Kabiru, Aregbesola was arrested in Lagos on Tuesday while attempting to leave the country with an undeclared N175million cash for the United Arab Emirate, UAE.
Airport officials allegedly claimed that they sighted him slugging the money on with his luggage.
Security operatives who allegedly saw him walked up to him to inquire whether he needed help and if he had anything to declare, to which he replied no.
After a search, sources said the money was found on hi, adding that that immigration officers later resolved the matter with the governor who appeared on the scene in a senior officer’s office.