Popular socialite and businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, aka Obi Cubana, was interrogated by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged money laundering on Monday.
Onyxnewsng gathered that the Anambra-born club owner, who arrived at the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja, at about on Monday afternoon, was undergoing interrogation by the operatives of the commission as of the time of filing this report.
Though allegations against the socialite were sketchy as of press time, a source disclosed that his case bordered on alleged money laundering and tax fraud.
The source said, “Obi Cubana was arrested and brought to the EFCC headquarters on Monday afternoon over allegations of money laundering and tax fraud. He is being grilled by detectives as we speak.”
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said earlier that he had yet to be briefed on the development.
Meanwhile, speaking to BBC Pidgin, the anti-graft agency revealed that the businessman was not arrested as widely reported.
The EFCC stated that the socialite was invited two weeks ago but only showed up yesterday, 1st November.
“We did not arrest Obi Cubana. We had invited him over to our office two weeks ago, which he only showed up yesterday around 11 am in our office at Wuse Zone 6 Abuja”
They also noted that they were investigating Obi Cubana for evasion of tax by the Cubana Group with money laundering and abuse of the naira in public places.
Recall that Obi Cubana made headlines in July when he hosted an ostentatious burial for his late mother in Oba, Anambra State, in which over 200 cows were reportedly killed.
The lavish display of wealth set tongues wagging with many Nigerians wondering about his source of wealth.
Several celebrities, business people, and politicians turned out in large numbers for the funeral.