DISCOVERIES: Emefiele may faced fresh Charges, Dangote, BUA among 85 entities under Investigation

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The immediate past Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele might face an amended charge to include new discoveries in the ongoing probe of Forex transactions under his watch .

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also summoned senior officials of the affected entities and mandated them to provide detailed documents of their foreign exchange transactions covering the last nine years.

The EFCC source said, “The EFCC is investigating over 85 entities, which include companies and individuals. The probe has extended beyond 52 entities, and I can confirm that the Dangote Group and BUA Plc are part of the 85 entities under probe over the preferential foreign exchange allocations made by the former CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, in defiance of extant financial rules and regulations and in disregard of the CBN Act.

“Some officials of those companies and individuals connected with the allocations have been invited by the commission for questioning, and all the affected entities have been asked to provide their financial documents from 2014 to 2023. We discovered that those allocations were not approved by former President Muhammadu Buhari, so it was more of a means for the former CBN governor and his cronies to launder money through Forex transactions and Bureau De Change operators.

“But it should be noted that our investigation is comprehensive; it is deeper and encompassing, and absolutely independent of the CBN investigator, Obazee’s report. The charges against the former CBN governor will most likely be amended as there have been more discoveries from the forex probe.

“The discoveries in the recent probe into forex transactions involving many individuals and organisations show that the former governor of the CBN will face amended charges soon. Lawyers of the commission are working on that and as soon as that is done, Emefiele will answer to the charges.

“We have found out how he used his position to help friends and acquaintances, business associates, relations and others.

“The charges against him are plenty. It is a pity that such a highly placed man used his office the way he did it.
“He is also going to face other charges like money laundering, abuse of office, even abuse of office may involve the declaration of assets.”

Culled from X handle of Imran Mohammad

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