Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting
In a stunning turn of events, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has vehemently denied any knowledge or involvement in the alleged $6.2 million fraud case against former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Mustapha, who served as SGF until his departure from office, testified today before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had earlier accused Emefiele of forging documents to obtain $6.2 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The anti-graft agency claimed that Mustapha had purportedly requested the funds on Emefiele’s behalf in a letter dated 26th January 2023, with Reference Number SGF.43/L.01/201.
Mustapha, appearing calm and composed during his testimony, categorically denied any involvement in the alleged fraudulent transaction. He told the court that he was completely unaware of the $6.2 million disbursement and the purported letter attributed to him.
“I want to state unequivocally that I know nothing about the alleged $6.2 million transaction in question. I did not approve any such request, and I was not aware of any letter requesting such funds during my tenure as SGF. This accusation is baseless and without merit,” Mustapha asserted.
The former SGF went on to emphasize that his commitment to transparency and accountability during his tenure was unwavering. He assured the court that he had always conducted himself with the highest level of integrity and would never be party to any fraudulent activities.
“I take this opportunity to reaffirm my dedication to upholding the principles of good governance. I have always conducted my official duties with utmost sincerity and honesty. I categorically deny any wrongdoing and stand firm in my commitment to the truth,” Mustapha declared.