I didn’t help Emefiele withdraw $6.3m illegally from CBN — Boss Mustapha

Boss Mustapha

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha has dissociated himself from the alleged illegal withdrawal of $6.3 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the Buhari administration.

An online news platform earlier reported that Jim Obazee, a special investigator appointed by President Bola Tinubu to probe the CBN, uncovered the alleged theft, which supposedly occurred on February 8, 2023.

The report further alleged that Mustapha, along with the embattled former CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, authorised the removal of the cash from the bank’s vault under the guise of funding foreign election observer missions.

The investigator’s report, as quoted by the publication, claimed CCTV footage captured how the money was moved out of the apex bank.

However, in a statement on Sunday, Mustapha said the allegations were unsubstantiated.

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He also stated that he was never involved in discussions or transactions related to any payments for foreign election observers.

The former SGF demanded a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter, urging the authorities to probe the source of the documents and expose those behind the “smear campaign.”

Part of his statement reads: “The article hinges on the dubious premise of forged documents and a misleading narrative. It claims that $6.3 million was withdrawn from the CBN vaults based on a purported ‘Presidential Directive’ bearing the signature of President Buhari.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. In fact, 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.

“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.

“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. 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.”