The Central Bank of Nigeria has described as false, reports making the rounds that one of its Deputy Governors was arrested and made to forfeit huge sums of money by one Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies.
In a statement signed by the apex Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoroafor and made available to newsmen, it insisted that there is no truth in the report, urging members of the public to disregard same.
“The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to a newspaper report alleging that one of its Deputy Governors was arrested and made to forfeit some amount of money to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”
“We wish to state categorically that there is no iota of truth in the said report and it is, without doubt, a mere figment of the writer’s imagination.”
“The Bank and its officials will not be distracted from the onerous task of ensuring stability in the financial system, and indeed the economy, at this critical time. However, such persons(s) bent on disparaging the Bank and its officials should note that legal options would be explored to protect its reputation from being tarnished in any manner.”
“We therefore implore members of the media to always exercise caution and endeavor to verify their stories before rushing to the press.”