Stop blackmailing, peddling fake news against CBN governor – Group warns ▷ Nigeria news

– A group has stated that CBN governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, is being blackmailed

– Global Integrity Crusade Network said some people are hell-bent on tarnishing the CBN governor’s image

– The group said that some self-acclaimed whistle-blowers survive by spreading fake news around public officials to extract money from them

A pro-democracy group, Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN), has condemned in strong terms the reported attempt by some people to tarnish the image of the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele under the guise of whistle-blowing.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, July 21, president of the group, Barrister Edward Omaga noted stated that a group of disgruntled Nigerians masquerading as anti-corruption activists have been doing everything possible to distract the CBN governor.

Omaga wondered how some persons who neither work with anti-graft agencies nor have any business with private investigation could falsely allege on different occasions that Emefiele and other officials of the apex bank connived to steal billions of naira.

Emiefiele’s travails started sometime in May, when a press statement was issued by a faceless whistle-blowing organization alleging he was responsible for a missing $2.5billion.

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Within the same month, a telephone conversation was published alleging Emefiele and his deputy, Edward Lametek Adamu were discussing how to cover up the loss of over N500billion stolen from CBN in a private investment that failed.

But Omaga said subsequent audit reports however showed that no money was actually missing from the CBN, adding that the news was unrealistic and mere figments of the promoter’s imagination.

He said that some self-acclaimed whistle-blowers survive by spreading fake news around public officials to extract money from them or drag their names to the mud.

He said: “In 2015, it was alleged that the then EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, siphoned a whooping sum of N1trillion generated from recovered government funds and assets.

“Later on, the table turned around as the person who blew the ‘whistle’ was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by Justice S.A. Aladetoyinbo of the FCT High Court for stealing assets, including six units of operational vehicles, belonging to the Police Equipment Foundation (PEF).

“There is no doubt that the choice of reappointing Mr. Godwin Emefiele as the governor of Central Bank for a second term is nothing but perfect. Little wonder, his reappointment was heralded by accolades and jubilation from members of the ruling and opposition parties alike.

“GICN is convinced that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR is indeed resolute in his resolve to reposition Nigeria on the path of economic prosperity, whilst making sure that the disease called corruption is completely eradicated from the country.

“It is therefore imperative that Nigerians should rally round Mr. Emefiele to succeed rather than yielding to the malicious tendencies of people who have no word such as ‘integrity’ in their dictionaries.”

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Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) have raised an alarm over some elements who clone official websites of some government agencies and use same to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

According to a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said instances abound where the official identities/paraphernalia of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been deceptively deployed by the criminals to short change vulnerable persons.

Afunanya said the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund and the National Youth Service Corps have so far suffered the tricks of the fraudsters.

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