Shehu Sani says Yakubu Gowon did not loot half of CBN

Shehu Sani says Yakubu Gowon did not loot half of CBN

- Shehu Sani has dismissed the claims suggesting that Yakubu Gowon is corrupt

- The former lawmaker disagrees with a speech in the British parliament which castigated the former head of state

- Sani absolved Gowon of all allegations of graft

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An activist, Shehu Sani has faulted comments by a British lawmaker, who claimed that a former head of state, Yakubu Gowon looted half of Nigeria's Central Bank when he moved to the UK on exile after his overthrow in 1975.

The British member of parliament (MP), Tom Tugendhat, made the statement on Monday, November 23, when the parliament was deliberating on a petition about the EndSARS protest.

Shehu Sani says Yakubu Gowon did not half of CBN
Sani says the claims against Gowon are untrue. Photo:
Source: UGC

However, the account was dismissed by Sani who described the claim as outright falsehood.

The former senator said Gowon left office without amassing wealth.

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Gowon, who came to power in July 1966, was away from Nigeria, at a summit of the Organisation of African Countries in Kampala Uganda, when the coup that brought General Murtala Mohammed to power happened.

In a related report, members of the UK parliament are considering imposing sanctions on some Nigerian government officials over alleged gross human right abuse which reportedly occurred during the EndSARS protest.

During a sitting at the Westminster Hall, the lawmakers took turns to slam the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the poor handling of the protest.

The debate for the petition tagged ‘e-petition 554150' was led by Theresa Villiers, a member of the British Conservative Party.

In another news, Lai Mohammed has written CNN on behalf of the Buhari's administration over the media outlets report on Lekki Tollgate.

The minister of information in the letter dated November 23 demanded an investigation into the report.

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The minister lambasted the international media organisation, saying the report falls short of journalistic standards.

He also claimed that the CNN report adds credence to the disinformation going around on the issue.

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