Following the claims made by a member of the UK Parliament, Tom Tugendhat during the debate on the Lekki Tollgate Shooting of protesters, that Gowon took “half of the Central Bank of Nigeria” to the United Kingdom.
In his reaction, the former Nigeria head of state, Yakubu Gowon, denied the allegations and said the person that said it knows not what he is saying. He said he never took to the United Kingdom “half of the Central Bank of Nigeria”.
Tom Tugendhat, made the claims during a debate on the Lekki tollgate shootings of protesters.
He said, “we know that today, even now, in this great city of ours, there are, sadly, some people who have taken from the Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.” noting that Gowon was one of them. According to him, Gowon took half of the CBN to the UK.
Gowon, Nigeria’s Ex-Head of State from 1966 to 1975, during an interview with the BBC, described the allegations as “rubbish”.
He said: “What the MP said is rubbish. I don’t know where he got that rubbish from. I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.
“I did not want to speak on this issue because people that know me know that what the MP said is not true.”
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