The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday summoned more senior officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the wake of investigations into an alleged foreign exchange scam and other sharp practices within the apex bank.
The Punch quoted reliable sources within the anti-graft agency as saying that those in charge of the investigation are strongly of the opinion that the activities of some officials of the bank impacted negatively on the fortunes of the naira and contributed to its drastic slump in recent months.
It was gathered that EFCC detained and grilled the two directors on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
It was also learnt on Thursday that the officials, who were released late on the same day after writing statements on oath, are currently the Director of Procurement and a Special Adviser to the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
A top official at the anti-graft agency said the bank accounts of suspected persons were being scrutinised by security agents with a view to determining the sources of money and their trails.
The source said, “We actually invited about four senior CBN officials on Wednesday but only two showed up. One of them told us that he was ill and asked us to reschedule the invitation.
“We have now sent out letters to other senior officials and they will appear before us soon. You should understand that things that involve the apex bank are always sensitive.”
Speaking also, another source said:
“We have arrested two directors of the CBN in connection with forex manipulation. Ironically, immediately we started investigating these chaps a month ago, the CBN reeled out a new forex policy which seeks to flood the market with excess dollars to strengthen the naira.
“Already, we have searched their houses and recovered some sensitive documents. We have reason to believe that they may not have acted alone. We expect to make more discoveries as investigations continue.”
The source added that a report of the probe would be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari after investigations might have been concluded.