Former Nigerian Head of State Yakubu Gowon has denied an accusation made by a British MP of “stealing half of Nigeria’s Central Bank” describing the allegation as “rubbish”.
The Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat mentioned within the UK parliament on Monday: “Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half the Central Bank of Nigeria, so it is said, and moved to London.”
But, in an unique interview with the BBC, Gowon took points with the accusation, and mentioned: “I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.”
After leaving energy in a cold coup in 1975, Gowon went to the UK and enrolled at Warwick University as an undergraduate what place he studied political science and worldwide relations.
Tugendhat was talking throughout a parliamentary debate on whether or not the British authorities ought to impose sanctions on Nigerian officers intertwined within the alleged extreme use of drive on serene protesters throughout final month’s anti-police brutality demonstrations.
He went on to argue that London has a peculiar political affect as a result of it’s the place thieves select to launder stolen cash.
“We know that today, even now in this great city of ours, there are some people who have taken from the Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.
“Sadly, we know that our banks have been used for those profits and for that illegal transfer of assets. That means that the UK is in an almost unique position in being able to do something to exert pressure on those who have robbed the Nigerian people.”
In the 1990s, investigators discovered that one other Nigerian President Sani Abacha stole tens of millions of money in banknotes direct from the Nigerian Central Bank earlier than he died all of the sudden in 1998.
While lots of of tens of millions of money have been returned to Nigeria from financial institution accounts in locations starting from Switzerland and Jersey, the case continues to be pending within the UK courts.