By Glam & Essence
Top socialite and Chairman, Cubana Group of Companies, , Obi Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana,is on the radar of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
On Thursday,he was questioned by the NDLEA for his alleged link to the illegal narcotic business.
Reports in some of the daily newspapers said Cubana was grilled for about five hours at the Abuja headquarters of the NDLEA, before he was granted bail and asked to return at a future date.
According to sources,he is being scrutinised after some suspicious payments were allegedly discovered to have been made into Cubana’s account by three convicted drug dealers from Malaysia, Nigeria and India.
As a result,operatives of the NDLEA and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission widened the probe into Cubana and his business network based on the premise that he may be involved in the drug business.
Sources within the NDLEA in the know claimed that,”Obi Cubana arrived at the NDLEA office around 9am and responded to questions for some hours before he was granted bail at 2pm. There are suspicions that he may be a drug kingpin. Some convicted drug dealers paid funds into his account.
“We have been able to establish three of such payments. One of the persons that paid money into his account was convicted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; another one that was convicted in New Delhi, India; also paid money into his account while a third person that was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and convicted in 2017, also paid money into Cubana’s account.”
The current kleglight on Cubana began shortly after the elaborate funeral ceremony he had for his late mother, Ezinne Iyiegbu, in Oba, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State.
The Carnival-like burial became the talk of the town,dominating media attention,while announcing Obi Cubana to the world as a socialite to reckon with.The event was attended by several entertainers and renowned politicians from across the country,that included the embattled Nigerian super cop, Abba Kyari.
The event saw the people of the small town of Oba witnessing a rain of money like never seen before as displayed by the numerous business Partners and friends of Cubana,who stormed the small town in idemili.They displayed their wealth in a competitive manner among themselves,in what seem like a bid to outdo one another, as Cubana’s associates could be seen in several videos posted on social media showed them trying to outdo each other while spraying him with bundles of new notes.
This was to be the nemesis of his present problem,sources are saying,as Cubana,who had hitherto kept a low profile until the lavish burial for his mother suddenly came on the radar of the agency,who began to question the source of his wealth.
First was his detention in November 2021,by the EFCC for three days,over allegation of money laundering, tax fraud and other financial crimes.He was released with a condition that he would continue to report back for questioning.
This is the second grilling of Obi Cubana,few months after the EFCC detained him and released him.
Source: The Punch