October 18, 2019
Crime

EFCC Declares Ex-CBN Staff Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared a former staff of a commercial Bank, Mayowa Onabanjo wanted for his involvement in the over twelve-billion-Naira scam at the Ibadan Branch of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

A statement from Director of Public Affairs, EFCC Ibadan Zone Mr. Jide Jegede says the suspect who had been charged to court along others from CBN since 2015 jumped bail.

Mr. Jegede also debunked the rumour that about nine hundred million naira of mutilated naira notes, being the subject of prosecution at the Federal High Court, Ibadan, and kept in several boxes in EFCC’s custody had turned to paper.

He explained that the boxes of the mutilated naira noted were not in the custody of EFCC, saying there was no way the commission would tamper with the boxes.

It would be recalled that about thirty bankers were arrested in 2014 over the allegation of tampering with boxes containing various mutilated naira notes at the Ibadan branch of the CBN.

He said “In the course of investigations, EFCC operatives visited the CBN office in Ibadan to inspect the said boxes and discovered that the monies had been tampered with. This discovery was what informed the EFCC’s involvement in the case, resulting in interrogation of suspects and subsequent prosecution”.

“At no point were the boxes of the mutilated naira notes taken to the office of the EFCC”.

“At the last hearing, the court mandated the EFCC to present the boxes at the next hearing as evidence. This is a clear departure from the mischievous accounts of naysayers who erroneously misinterpreted the position of the court to claim that the boxes were tampered with by the EFCC!”

Mr. Jegede therefore urged members of the public to ignore such disinformation, saying it is only being spread to cause harm, unnecessary sensationalism and create doubt in the minds of citizens.  

The media is hereby advised to always seek clarifications on information before spreading fake news.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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