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Uberfacts Post On Tinubu’s Drug Case Set Social Media Space Agog With More Than 14M Views (pics)

UberFacts, a fact-publishing online outlet with a globally reach, on Monday, tweeted about the drug-trafficking case of Nigeria’s president-elect Bola Tinubu, sparking global trend of the issue on Twitter that All Progressive Congress (APC) media camp are scrambling to find the right response to.

The tweet, which has now been viewed by more than 14 million people across the globe, has put the matter on a global scale – adding to the series of controversies surrounding Tinubu – and putting question mark on the legitimacy of his election victory.

Last year, Nigerian investigative journalist David Hundeyin wrote a report detailing how the APC chieftain and two-term governor of Lagos State was involved in drug trafficking while residing in Chicago. Per the report entitled: “Bola Ahmed Tinubu: From Drug Lord To Presidential Candidate,” Tinubu was forced to forfeit $460,000 to the US government following a court order on January 10, 1992, obtained by the authorities to freeze some of his bank accounts containing the suspected proceeds of heroin trafficking in excess of $1,400,000.

Hours after UberFacts made the post, another Twitter handle, Daily Loud, known for publishing viral news, tweeted the same story with a link to its Instagram page for details.

“In 1993, Bola Ahmed Tinubu surrendered $460,000 to the U.S. government after a Chicago court found the income came from packing and shipping heroin,” it wrote.

While Tinubu has repeatedly denied any involvement in heroin trafficking, documents have continuously emerged to support the allegation – mostly from courts. Late last year, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois released certified documents of the case.

It was based on available court documents that both UberFacts and Daily Loud made their tweets, which have been translated in over 15 languages so far, including Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

The issue of Tinubu’s drug trafficking is part of the charges brought before the Presidential Election Tribunal Court by the Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar and others, challenging the outcome of the February 25 election

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