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NDLEA questions Obi Cubana for alleged drug links

Obi Cubana- LagosPost.ng

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday grilled socialite, Obi Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana, for his alleged link to illegal narcotic business.

According to sources, Iyiegbu, who is the Chairman of Cubana group of companies, was interrogated for about five hours at the Abuja headquarters of the NDLEA before he was granted bail and asked to return at a future date.

Reports say that suspicious payments were made into Cubana’s account by three convicted drug dealers from Malaysia, Nigeria, and India.

Operatives of the NDLEA and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have now widened the probe into Cubana and his business network based on the premise that he may be involved in drug dealings.

A source said, “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 socialite was allowed to go home in order to get some documents that would be presented to the NDLEA.

Cubana, who has been in the nightclub business since 2006, made both local international headlines last July when he organised a lavish funeral for his mother, Ezinne Iyiegbu, in Oba, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State.

The highlight of the event was the display of wealth as evidenced by the donation of about 400 cows to Cubana, as well as the ‘naira rain’.

He also built a church, The Good Shepherd Anglican Church in his hometown late last year, in honour of his late mother

The 46-year-old has branches of Cubana club in about five states including Imo, Lagos, Rivers, Enugu and Abuja. Cubana, who had hitherto kept a low profile, has become a subject of investigations by the Nigerian government.

In November 2021, he was detained by the EFCC for three days as part of investigations into alleged money laundering, tax fraud and other financial crimes before he was released with a condition that he would continue to report back for questioning.

Other associates of the socialite who have been questioned by the authorities for their flamboyant lifestyle include: Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest; and the Chairman, Five Star Group, Emeka Okonkwo aka E-Money.

An aide to the socialite, Chioma Nwachukwu, however, refused to comment on the matter when she was contacted by The PUNCH.

“There is no comment on the matter now,” she simply said.

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