Some financial and economic experts have asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ready its books for an independent audit.
The demand is coming on the heels of the alleged N500 billion fraud against the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and some other top officials of the apex bank.
Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Mr Timothy Olawale, called on government security and anti-graft agencies to look into the matter just to clarify to Nigerians what actually happened.
According to him, even though the CBN has assured Nigerians that there was no missing fund, there is still a need to properly investigate and get to the root of the case.
“Despite the denial of the CBN, there is still a need for due diligence to be followed in unravelling the controversy surrounding the alleged missing of n500bn. This is necessary in order to allay the fears of Nigerians on the issue.
“The relevant security and anti-graft agencies like criminal investigation departments and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must be brought in to unravel whatever gave rise to such an allegation. It is only then that Nigerians will know what is really happening.”
Lending his voice to the current controversy, the Registrar of the Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Eohoi, said, “This is vital to clear the air for a better Nigeria. Someone can be investigated and not found culpable. If the intention is not to blackmail the CBN governor, then it should be investigated.
“The government should set up an audit panel to check what actually transpired at the CBN. The volume of money involved is huge and should not be swept under the carpet,” he added.

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