Gowon Calls for Sanction on UK Lawmaker for False Accusation
Former Nigeria’s Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon has denied that he stole half of Nigeria’s money in the Central Bank and laundered it in Europe, calling on the British authorities to call the lawmaker, Tom Tugendhat, to order.
Gowon made the denial on Thursday in an interview with Channels Television.
Tugendhat had accused the former military leader of looting half of the CBN, and Gowon, 86, who was Head of State from 1966 to 1975, reacted that he was disappointed that such an allegation was made without checking the facts.
He said: “It is certainly surprising, and I am disappointed that a British parliamentarian could make such a statement without checking the facts of what he was saying.
“I honestly was disappointed that such a remark is made,” the former Nigerian leader told the London correspondent of the station via telephone.
He insisted that there was no time when he was held or questioned for money laundering, stressing that the allegation that he looted the nation’s treasury was false.
Gowon, who said he heard about the allegation from social media, insisted that there was nothing to hide and the record was there for the lawmaker and the British authorities to check.
He also called on the UK government to take the necessary step to call the lawmaker to order, stressing that making an allegation of such was an insult to him and Nigeria as a nation.
Gen Gowon said: “The record of my service to the nation is there for everybody to see and even the British government itself, and I don’t know why somebody got the information to make such a very ridiculous statement.
“I am disappointed with that one and I hope the British authority will do something to rightly bring that parliamentarian to order to check his facts before he makes such allegation because it is more or less an insult to the leadership of Nigeria and certainly an insult to me to say that I did something of the sort to take half of Nigeria’s Central Bank and I must have put it in a British bank.”
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