A legal practitioner, Mr Femi Oniyide has openly petitioned the EFCC and the ICPC on allegations of money laundering and corruption involving Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, Ogun State SSG. Below is the full text of the open petition.
To: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) To: The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)
I, Femi Oniyide, a legal practitioner and an indigene of Ogun State, write this open petition to bring to your attention several serious allegations of money laundering and corruption involving Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, Secretary to the Government of Ogun State. The allegations revolve around his association with a company called Superflux International Ltd and its financial dealings.
Ballot Papers Printing and Manipulation:
It has come to my attention through various online sources that Superflux International Ltd received substantial sums of money from the Central Bank of Nigeria account of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2020. These funds, totaling ₦189,797,163.9, were supposedly paid in four tranches of ₦47,449,290.90 each, and the description of payment indicated that it was for the “INEC Electoral amount…..4 SS of BALLOT P,” implying it was for printing ballot papers for elections in Nigeria.
The concerning aspect of this matter is that Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, who holds the position of Secretary to the Government of Ogun State, appears to have significant financial control over Superflux International Ltd. Consequently, the company’s involvement in printing ballot papers for elections in Ogun State, where Mr. Talabi is an interested party, raises questions of conflict of interest and potential election manipulation.
We urge the EFCC and ICPC to investigate how Superflux International Ltd, under Mr. Talabi’s financial control, obtained the contract to print the ballot papers for INEC, an institution responsible for conducting elections in Ogun State and Nigeria. The extent of the company’s involvement in supplying ballot papers for other elections should also be probed.
Ogun State COVID-19 Fund:
Another serious concern is the alleged discovery of COVID-19 funds in the account of Superflux International Ltd, a company linked to Mr. Talabi. An amount of ₦10,800,000:00 was allegedly paid twice into the company’s account on February 4, 2020, totaling ₦21,600,000:00. Subsequently, there was a transfer to Zimanel Global Enterprises, with the description “Covid 19 food support.” This raises questions about whether Mr. Talabi provided food palliatives to the people of Ogun State during the pandemic or if there were other motives behind the transactions.
We beseech the EFCC and ICPC to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the transfer of COVID-19 funds into Superflux International Ltd’s account. The public deserves clarity on how taxpayers’ funds were allegedly mishandled and laundered through a private company owned by a political appointee and his family, possibly with the involvement of other government officials.
In conclusion, we implore the Chairmen of EFCC and ICPC to urgently and meticulously investigate these allegations of financial crimes, money laundering, and corruption involving Mr. Tokunbo Talabi and Superflux International Ltd. The people of Ogun State demand accountability and transparency in public office, and your swift action will reinforce the fight against corruption, as recently demonstrated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in tackling the fuel subsidy crisis.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We trust in your commitment to uphold justice and the rule of law in Nigeria.