The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has on Tuesday officially denied any form of involvement in the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, describing a Turkish newspaper’s report linking it with the high treason as false and spurious.
A local Newspaper in Turkey, Yenisafak had alleged that the person suspected to have financed the coup, former US commander, General John Campbell, had funds transferred with the help of the Nigerian bank.
According to the online medium, Campbell managed more than $2 billion transactions through UBA in Nigeria, using CIA links to distribute the money among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey.
But a rebuttal that was issued in a two paragraph statement by its Head of Communications, Charles Aigbe, dismissed the allegation saying it was in no way connected with the coup in the European country.
The statement read: “UBA is aware of the on-going spurious media speculation linking our institution to recent events in Turkey. In the light of this, we believe it is necessary to categorically state that UBA has no involvement in or connection to these accusations, which are clearly false.
“We remain focused and firmly committed to delivering on our strategy to build Africa’s premier banking institution.”
It was gathered that CIA operatives transferred millions of dollars from Nigeria to Turkey within six months.
The funds, which were relayed by an “80-person special team of the CIA”, were used to win over the generals predisposed to the coup and “over $2 billion dollars was distributed during the process leading to the coup”, Yenisafak claimed.
Turkey was able to overcome the coup through the collective resistance of the country’s citizens, politicians, media and police forces.