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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Probes Central Bank Over Multi-billion Fraud As Attorney-General, Malami, Emefiele Battle To Stop Investigations




The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee has begun an investigation into an alleged multi-billion naira fraud on the Central Financial institution of Nigeria which centres on the disbursement of a mortgage facility being managed by the Director in control of the CBN agricultural loans.

SaharaReporters learnt that the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, presently jittery and preventing arduous to cease the probe has reached out to the Legal professional-Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to wade into the EFCC investigation of the CBN director of Improvement Finance Division (DfD), Yila Yusuf.

Yila’s DfD is in control of gricultural loans on the CBN.

SaharaReporters gathered that the EFCC operatives final week stormed the CBN division over some atrocities dedicated by Yila Yusuf. He was accused of proudly owning costly homes and automobiles in Abuja and within the Lekki a part of Lagos State.

“Final week, the EFCC went to CBN DfD, the division that offers with agric loans and extra. That’s the money cow of Emefiele and is led by a corrupt director, Yila. Since final week, Emefiele has been doing all he can by way of the Legal professional-Normal, Malami, to make sure Bawa doesn’t examine the division.

“Modifications have additionally been executed within the division by redeployment of workers who Yila and Emefiele assumed have been leaking the atrocities within the division.

“The mentioned director was invited to Lagos however the matter has been shut down by Emefiele and Malami. Yila Yusuf is accused of proudly owning costly homes and automobiles in Abuja and Lekki a part of Abuja,” a prime supply within the CBN advised SaharaReporters.

The CBN has previously claimed it distributed billions of naira as loans below the Agricultural Credit score Assure Scheme Fund (ACGSF) to farmers.

The newest investigation by the EFCC solely provides to the rising checklist of atrocities and scandals that the lavish CBN governor, Emefiele, is enmeshed in.

SaharaReporters had on September 20 reported that the Arewa Youth Meeting, a socio-economic and socio-political group, known as for the resignation or sacking of Emefiele.

In line with the northern group, doing so will save the nation from additional financial meltdown.

That they had insisted that the sum of N500billion which was stolen in a non-public Dubai funding in direction of the tip of 2018 ought to be investigated in addition to different funds that went lacking throughout Emefiele’s administration.

SaharaReporters had in Could 2019 made public a telephone dialog of Emefiele; his deputy, Edward Lametek Adamu; Director for Finance, Dayo M. Arowosegbe and one of many Particular Advisers to the CBN Governor, Emmanuel Ukeje discussing find out how to cowl up the lack of over N500billion stolen from the CBN in a non-public funding that collapsed.

Two audio recordsdata, solely obtained by SaharaReporters, revealed how the governor and prime officers of the apex financial institution mentioned plots to hide the lack of large sums of cash in a Dubai funding.

The CBN claimed the audio dialog was real however no cash was lacking from the financial institution.

Chatting with journalists on Sunday, Mohammed Salihu Danlami and Abdulsalam Kazeem; Speaker and Deputy Speaker of AYA respectively alongside different group’s leaders had urged the CBN Governor to resign over his alleged incapability to stabilise the nation’s bleeding economic system.

Additionally on September 23, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) requested the CBN governor to resign over allegations of overseeing looting of funds within the nation’s apex financial institution.

In line with the PDP, the allegations are primarily based on the affirmations from the Secretary of the Nationwide Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator John Akpan Udoedehe throughout a Channels TV programme.

“The Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) calls for the rapid resignation and prosecution of the Governor of the Central financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele going by allegations by the All progressives Congress (APC) that he superintended over huge looting of funds within the CBN.

“Our celebration calls on the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) to right away invite Emefiele for questioning over allegations by the Nationwide Secretary of the unlawful APC Nationwide Caretaker Committee, Senator John Akpan Udoedehe, that the CBN governor supervised over the pillaging of the nation’s vaults below his watch,” the celebration had mentioned.

“Our celebration insists that past Akpan Udoedehe’s allegation, the tenure of Emefiele as CBN governor below the APC administration has witnessed colossal failures of financial and monetary insurance policies, requiring him to vacate the workplace and hand himself over for investigation.

“It’s instructive to notice that when Emefiele took over workplace as CBN Governor in 2014, naira exchanged for N164 to a greenback. At present, within the palms of Emefiele and the APC, the naira has tumbled to a close to N600 to a greenback, placing the nation’s economic system on its knees.

“Painfully, below the management of Emefiele, the CBN has failed in its core mandate of managing the economic system and took a dive into propaganda with claims that don’t mirror the tough financial actuality on the bottom.

“The PDP, due to this fact, urges the EFCC to not enable this revelation to be swept below the carpet because it borders on severe financial sabotage for which sanctions are clearly spelt out below our legal guidelines,” it had added.

On September 16, a coalition of civil societies backed the Arewa Youth Meeting, calling for the resignation of Emefiele.

Seven totally different teams joined others who wished the governor to resign over his alleged incapability to stabilise the nation’s bleeding economic system.

In an announcement made obtainable by the coalition and signed by seven of them, the teams famous that the present excessive poverty fee within the land on the failure of the nation’s economic system below Emefiele’s watch as CBN governor.

The teams which signed the press assertion embrace; the Nigeria Residents Motion Group, Unified Nigerian Youth Discussion board, Concern Northern discussion board, Igbo unity discussion board of Nigeria, Federation of Idoma Youths, Igbo Youth Meeting and Itsekiri Nationwide Youth Council.

“The Nigeria Residents Motion Group (NCAG), a coalition of 35 civil society organisations is constraint to lend its voice with that of quite a few different involved Nigerians which were calling on Mr Godwin Emefiele, Nigeria’s CBN to resign with rapid impact to save lots of the nation from complete collapse.

“This name turned needed following the in depth overview of the tenure of Mr Godwin as the pinnacle of our apex financial institution which has come to the unhappy conclusion that he ought to humbly step apart and permit a extra competent individual to step in to save lots of our nation from complete collapse.

“We perceive that it is going to be tough for him and his heirs to motive with us, however we want to beg on them to placed on their garment of patriotism and save our nation”, the coalition mentioned.

The assertion continued, “Based mostly on the Arewa Youth Meeting earlier name on the Governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele to resign his place because the apex financial institution boss over his incapability to stabilise the obvious nose-diving nation’s economic system, we have now observed the sponsored backlash and propaganda towards our individuals as a substitute of the problems we have now raised.

“The truth that the sponsored messengers of the propaganda couldn’t provide you with an issue-based argument is a transparent indication that Mr Emefiele has actually failed and they’re solely serving to in additional exposing his flaws as a result of Nigerians are watching.

“Mr governor would have proved us mistaken with details and figures, and presumably, have interaction the providers of these with associated mental to defend his incapability to stabilise our bleeding economic system.”

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