NDLEA Questions Socialite, Obi Cubana, For Alleged Drug Links Amid EFCC Probe
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has questioned socialite, Obinna Iyiegbu, better known as Obi Cubana, over allegations linking him to an illegal narcotics business.
According to reports from The Punch, the entrepreneur who is the Chairman, Cubana group of companies, was grilled for about five hours at the Abuja headquarters of the NDLEA on Thursday, 13th January before he was granted bail and asked to return at a future date.
Sources also told The Punch correspondent 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 the drug business.
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 to get some documents which would be presented to the NDLEA.
Cubana who has been in the nightclub business since 2006, grabbed 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 case comes after the EFCC had questioned Cubana for alleged money laundering and tax fraud last year.