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‘I’ve nothing to hide’ — Boss Mustapha denies involvement in ‘withdrawal of $6m from CBN’

 

Boss Mustapha, former secretary to the government of the
federation (SGF), says he is not involved in the alleged withdrawal of over $6
million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

His statement comes on the heels of the report of the
special panel tasked with probing the CBN.

 

The report had disclosed that the money withdrawn from the
foreign payments office, Abuja branch of the CBN, was “purportedly for foreign
election observer missions”.

 

The panel, chaired by Jim Obazee, the special investigator
who was appointed by President Bola Tinubu, probed the activities of the apex
bank under Godwin Emefiele.

 

The panel said the “unlawful removal” was captured on
closed-circuit television (CCTV) “which was viewed and preserved”.

 

The report said a letter, dated January 23, 2023, with the
signature of former President Muhammadu Buhari, was sent to Mustapha, with the
caption ‘Presidential Directive on Foreign Election Observer Missions’.

 

The panel said it was later found that “Buhari’s signature
appeared to have been forged”.

‘I’LL DEFEND MY REPUTATION’

 

Reacting to the report on Sunday, Mustapha said he is not
familiar with the case.

 

“I have no knowledge of such a directive, nor was I ever
involved in any discussions or transactions regarding the alleged payment to
foreign election observers,” he said.

 

He added that the allegation was a malicious ploy to damage
his reputation.

 

“The article hinges on the dubious premise of forged
documents and a misleading narrative,” Mustapha said.

 

“It claims that $6.3 million was withdrawn from the CBN
vaults based on a purported ‘Presidential Directive’ bearing the signature of
President Buhari. This document, unsurprisingly, has not been presented for
public scrutiny.

 

“I demand a thorough and transparent investigation into this
matter.

 

“Let the relevant authorities probe the source of these
fabricated documents and expose those responsible for this malicious attempt to
damage my reputation.

 

“I have nothing to hide and welcome any legitimate
investigation that sheds light on the truth.”

 

The former SGF said he would defend his reputation
vigorously.

 

 “Throughout my career
in public service, I have always upheld the highest standards of integrity and
ethical conduct. I have served with dedication and transparency, and my record
speaks for itself,” he added.

 

“I will not allow this baseless and defamatory attack to go
unchallenged. I will defend my reputation vigorously and ensure that the truth
prevails.

 

“This is not just about me; it is about upholding the
integrity of public service and safeguarding the reputation of those who have
served this country with honour.

 

“I trust that the Nigerian people will see through this
orchestrated attack and recognize it for what it truly is: a desperate attempt
to silence a voice of reason and integrity.”

 

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