NIA Didn’t Get Ikoyi Cash From CBN — Okorafor

By Jimitota Onoyume, with agency reports •Amaechi demands apology, N750m from Fani-
Kayode, N500m from Fayose’s aide, Olayinka
•No losing sleep over suit, says Fani-Kayode
•Falana: NIA shouldn’t play on intelligence of
Nigerians The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has dismissed insinuations that the N13 billion discovered by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, in a luxury apartment at Osborne Road,
Ikoyi, Lagos was moved directly fromthe bank to
the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. Recovered Money The amount was the total of the $42 million,
£27,000 and N23 million recovered from the
apartment. The CBN’s reaction came against the backdrop of
reports that the NIA claimed that it got the money
from the CBN. This is even as the All Progressives Congress, APC,
in Rivers State yesterday described as mischievous,
allegations by the trio of Governors Nyesom Wike
of Rivers State, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, and Mr
Femi Fani-Kayode, that the Minister of
Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, was owner of the $43 billion recovered from the Ikoyi
apartment. Also yesterday, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi
Amaechi, demanded a public apology, in addition
to the sums of N750 million and N500 million
respectively from former Aviation Minister, Femi
Fani-Kayode, and media aide to Ekiti Governor,
Lere Olayinka, for linking him with the Ikoyi, Lagos cash stash. Asked to clarify the CBN’s role in the disbursement
of the funds, spokesman of the bank, Isaac
Okorafor, told online portal,Premium Times , that the apex bank deals directly with banks and
not government agencies or individuals.


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