The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Governor of the Apex bank, Governor Godwin Emefiele has reacted to rumour going around on social media and elite that about 600Bilion is missing since 2016. The reactions of governor Emefiele was received on Monday morning by NIGERIA NEWS
This news was generated as a result of audio recording going around where the board of the CBN are heard saying 644bn is missing.
Here is the full statement made by the apex bank on the issue and audio recording.
The Management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been notified of a purported audio recording of selective conversations amongst the Governor, Deputy Governor and some Senior Officials.
Contrary to the headline-grabbing narrative that the discussion was about a fraudulent transaction, this conversation – the beginnings of which was omitted to create a different impression – was simply to proffer solutions to a misunderstanding that affected the Bank’s balance sheet.
As publicly known, the CBN was approached in 2015 by the National Economic Management Team and the National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the Vice President, to assist State Governments with Conditional Budget Support, in the aftermath of the significant nose-dive in global oil prices and associated FAAC allocations.
In order to ensure that ordinary Nigerian workers got their salaries, pensions and gratuities, and that the economy continued to recover from recession, the Bank provided about N650 billion in loans at 9% with a two-year grace period to 35 States of the Federation. These monies were distributed to the States monthly with documented approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidency.
In closing the Bank’s 2018 accounts, external auditors in their Draft Account, erroneously classified about N150 billion of these loans as bad, which negatively affected the Bank’s Balance Sheet and shareholders fund.
The selective conversation being circulated was simply a discussion to ascertain why the auditors took that position and next steps to resolving it. Obviously, it soon became clear that a State Government loan cannot be classified as “bad” or “irrecoverable” when the State still exists and getting FAAC allocations.
The Bank then reached out to the Federal Ministry of Finance and they jointly gave comfort to the auditors who accepted in writing that these monies would be repaid. On this basis, the auditors reversed the negative entry and the certified that the CBN’s 2018 accounts were a true reflection of the State of Affairs.
Reconciliation of Balance Sheet items are regular conversations amongst Senior Management of many agencies and should not be misconstrued as anything but that. Had the online media which released the selective recordings sought the comments of CBN as required of journalism practice, we would have provided it.
Clearly, those who listened to the audio can easily ascertain that the conversation had nothing to do with anything fraudulent as purported. The Bank therefore urges all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard this audio and continue to trust that the Bank is doing everything it can to represent their interests in the best possible way.
Under the leadership of Governor Emefiele, the CBN has always stood for, and vigorously pursued transparency in its stewardship of public resources and policies. NO MONIES ARE MISSING OR STOLEN. The integrity of the CBN Governor remains unassailable.
He has no account in Dubai or anywhere in the world and would never convert the funds of CBN for personal use. Not in the past, not now and not ever. The use of selective wiretapped conversations of the Bank’s Management, to malign his character and integrity will never stand.
The Bank will pursue every legal means to bring the perpetrators to justice.
GTB Vs Innoson: Courts Grants Innoson Chairman To Take Over Bank Over Debt
The Federal High Court in Awka grants the Innoson chairman to take over Guarantee Trust Bank Plc, GTBank after the court proceedings on the 20th of May, 2019, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
An order is made on 27th of March, 2019 in which Innoson Nigeria Ltd was granted victory over the case and to start the taking over of the Bank operation in some of her branches. The court case between the Innoson Nigeria Ltd. and GTBank are explicitly quoted below:
“Recall that the Federal High Court, Awka Division, on March 27th, 2019 granted leave to Innoson Nigeria Ltd to enforce and execute the judgment and Garnishee Order Absolute made by the court Coram Shakarho, J at the Ibadan Judicial Division on the 18th of May 2010 and the 29th of July 2011 respectively. This order was concurrently affirmed by the Court of Appeal in the judgment of 6th February 2014 and by the Supreme Court in its judgment of 27th February 2019.
“As Innoson Nigeria Ltd commenced the tedious act of the execution, GTB rushed to the court vide its motion on notice seeking orders staying or suspending the execution embarked by Innoson Nigeria Ltd and also seeking orders setting aside the exparte Orders made by the Court granting Innoson leave to enforce the judgment and to issue the processes of executing the same.
“The court further held that the order is made on March 27th, 2019 in favor of Innoson Nigeria Ltd granting it leave to enforce the judgment and issue processes of execution of the judgment are valid; and also that all the steps are taken to levy executions in pursuance of that order are still valid and are not vacated; whilst all the prayers by GTB in its motion of 1st April 2019 are not granted.
“However, the court stayed further proceedings- proceedings relating to contempt against GTB to enable the Supreme Court to hear GTB’s newly filed motion at the Supreme Court in respect of the matter. “Subsequently, the matter was adjourned to 17th October 2019 for the hearing of the pending applications – the contempt application.
“It will be recalled that through a motion on notice dated April 24th, 2019, Innoson Nigeria Ltd asked the court to commit GTB and its MD, Chairman and Secretary for contempt of court.”
MTN Nigeria: See names of real owners as it goes public
MTN Nigeria has gone public on Thursday and therefore the company is under the oversight of those looking to invest. All its progress will now be subject to the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s legal and regulatory laws.
In track with the above, the media has a responsibility to track at each and every stage in its administrative history how open or opaque a public company is.
The Cable acquired the investor list, that now owns billions in the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s second most important company. Even though MTN Nigeria is still dominated by MTN Group, the parent country, in the mobile operator, some prominent Nigerians hold billions.
Here is the Full List of the Shareholders.
|MTN Nigeria||1.68 Trillion||76%|
|STANBIC IBTC||213.7 Billion||9.64%|
|Mobile Telephone Network||60.95 Billion||2.75%|
|Gov. Employees Pension Fund||38.69 Billion||1.75%|
|Victor Odili||87.87 Billion||3.96%|
|Pascal Dozie||37.07 Billion||1.67%|
|Sani Mohammed Bello||28.87 Billion||1.30%|
|Babatunde Folawiyo||23.83 Billion||1.08%|
|Gbenga Oyebode||19.80 Billion||0.89%|
|Ahmed Dazuki||19.35 Billion||0.87%|
|Karl Olutokun Toriola||100.1 Million||0.005%|
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