Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and now Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has denied donating N40 billion to the office of the National Security Adviser while in office.
Speaking on Monday to TheCable, Sanusi II said: “This is completely untrue. In the first place, I understand the laws of money laundering. And it is a criminal offence. The central bank is the chief regulator charged with ensuring we put an end to money laundering.
“This is partly why we started our cashless Nigeria project and why I started the BVN project. I would never authorise that amount of cash to be moved to the office of the NSA or to anyone even if it was in their account.”
On his being considered for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with regards to the alleged disbursements, the former CBN boss, said the investigation does not cover his time in office.
“I do not know where they are getting these strange stories. I was removed from the CBN in February 2014, and to the best of my knowledge, the EFCC is probing disbursements allegedly made in late 2014 and early 2015 before the general elections, if indeed they happened,” he said.
“I find it difficult to believe that this could happen in the CBN that I know but we have to wait and see what the investigations come out with. Certainly whoever is linking me to this did not even bother to look at the dates of the alleged transactions. I know nothing about them, period.”
He further explained that any donations made by the CBN during his time were through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) budget totalling over N55billion.
He said: “We never gave cash to anybody. If we did we disclosed it in published accounts under CSR. Our interventions, be this to educational institutions or security services, took the form of clearly identified projects or specified procurement, done through well laid-down procedures, including competitive bidding, award of contracts, and collection of no-objection certificate from the due process office. We did not give cash to anybody.
“The total amount disbursed by the CBN on capital projects in my five years was N55 billion. And this included contracts for CBN branches and our CSR interventions mainly in the universities and secondary schools. How can anyone suggest that we gave N40 billion to ONSA?”