NDLEA probes Obi Cubana over alleged drug links

Obi Cubana

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday interrogated socialite Obi Iyiegbu aka Obi Cubana over his alleged link to illicit drugs.

The agency recently clamped down on skit maker De General over his alleged involvement in cannabis sativa and Tramadol among others.

PUNCH learnt that Obi Cubana allegedly received suspicious money from three convicted drug dealers from Malaysia, Nigeria and India.

The chairman of Cubana group of companies was grilled for about five hours at the Abuja headquarters of the NDLEA before he was granted bail and asked to return at a future date.

“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,” a source quoted by the newspaper said.

Obi Cubana was arrested last year by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering and tax fraud.

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

Explaining how he made his wealth, Obi Cubana told the BBC that he went to Abuja for the one-year compulsory National Youth Service Corps programme in 1999 and served at the National Assembly.

He said he went into the real estate business where he got a contract to furnish houses. The socialite added that he got a contract with the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company and later ventured into the hospitality sector where he has made billions of naira.

The 46-year-old has since opened nightclubs in about five states including Imo, Lagos, Rivers, Enugu and Abuja.