Central Bank governor Sanusi Lamido has denied any wrongdoing after he and 14 other officials were threatened with arrest warrants over N1.3 trillion missing from government funds.
Lamido Sanusi, a highly respected banker, was told he faced arrest unless he appeared before a House of Representatives committee to answer questions over the missing money. The warrants were signed because the officials failed to respond to invitations to explain the alleged failure to transfer the money to the treasury, according to the office of the speaker Aminu Tambuwal.
Sanusi told the BBC he was unaware of the arrest warrant and that he was not in Nigeria, but that the deputy governor would appear before lawmakers, according to the UK Guardian newspaper website.
“I personally don’t believe the speaker signed such a warrant as these things are not personal,” the BBC quoted Sanusi as saying.
Sanusi said the central bank had made remittances to the treasury in accordance with the law. “Our accounts are audited by two reputable external auditors … No government agency or department even comes near our contribution to the budget,” he said.
Tambuwal’s spokesman Imam Imam said other officials for whom warrants have been issued include Andrew Yakub, group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, and National Pension Commission director general Muhammad Ahmad.