Monday, September 11, 2023


Panic and unease have gripped the upper echelons of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Incentive Risk-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) as a team, assembled to support Special Investigator Jim Obazee appointed by President Bola Tinubu, initiates intelligence gathering.

Jim Obazee, the Special Investigator, penned a letter on August 18 to the Inspector General of Police, requesting the deployment of four senior officers to aid in the smooth commencement of his investigation. The response came on September 6, with CP Abaniwonda S. Olufemi, on behalf of the IGP, approving the deployment of DCP Eloho Edwin Okpoziakpo, CSP Celestine Odo, CSP Segun Aderoju, and DSP Tijani A. Bako.

The preliminary intelligence findings by DCP Eloho Edwin Okpoziakpo's investigative team are already rattling the top brass of CBN and NIRSAL.

Additionally, the investigators are set to scrutinize how Anchor Borrowers Funds were held as fixed deposits by individuals close to the embattled CBN governor.

Among those in a state of panic is an aide of the former CBN governor, who reportedly managed a total of 61 bank accounts, including 44 fixed deposit accounts and 2 treasury bills accounts.

The investigation extends to the alleged misappropriation of approximately 600,000 monthly for the upkeep of the former MD's dogs, alongside inquiries into the N5.6 billion wheat project scandal in Kano and Jigawa states.

Furthermore, there are reports of files and records being destroyed at NIRSAL in an apparent attempt to hinder the ongoing investigation led by DCP Eloho and the team. Sources familiar with the matter revealed that among the destroyed documents is a contract related to the development of the ICT Policy. 

Financial trails suggest multiple payments for the same contract, but the record of this contract has vanished from NIRSAL's procurement department. Obtaining these critical contract records and documents may pose challenges for the investigation team unless they employ alternative means.

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