- Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, has been asked to appear before an Abuja area court
- The order was issued on Thursday, July 15, over a criminal complaint brought before it by one Oliver Bitrus against Soludo
- Soludo is the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the forthcoming Anambra governorship election
FCT, Abuja - The Upper Area Court Zuba in Abuja has issued a criminal summons against the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, over a criminal complaint brought before it by one Oliver Bitrus.
The Punch reports that Soludo, who is a factional candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was said to have abused office and breached the Code of Conduct for public officers while he held office as the CBN governor between May 29, 2004, and May 29, 2009.
Legit.ng gathered that Bitrus alleged that between the period Soludo held office as a public officer, he flagrantly breached the Code of Conduct by buying or acquiring an interest in a property known and described as No. 50 Brondesbury Park, London, NW6 7AT, United Kingdom.
Soludo was accused of acquiring property by proxy
According to the report, he also alleged that the property was acquired using a proxy known as Universal Energy Company Limited and that the purchase price, £2,150,000, was paid in a single tranche on October 20, 2006, which was not fairly attributable to his income as the Governor of CBN at the material time.
The Sun also reports that Bitrus claimed that the property was bought or acquired using a proxy and/or nominee company known as Universal Energy Company Limited, adding that the investigation revealed it was incorporated in the Isle of Man; and now used to round-trip public funds for the purchase.
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He maintained that the purchase price of £2,150,000 was paid on October 20, 2006, in a single tranche, which sum was not fairly attributable to his income as the governor of the CBN at the time.
Governor Obiano says PDP, APC will suffer serious defeat in the Anambra election
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state passed a verdict on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
It was reported that the governor said the two leading opposition political parties in Anambra have already given up on the November 6 gubernatorial election in the state.
Obiano argued that the parties have practically conceded victory to the ruling All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).