Boss Mustapha, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), appeared at the FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday as a prosecution witness in a $6.2 million alleged fraud case involving Godwin Emefiele, ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Appearing in court, Mustapha said he did not know anything about the transaction and the document alleging that he approved the money to be withdrawn from the CBN.
Recall that the ex-CBN governor is alleged to have forged the signature of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to illegally obtain a sum of $6.2m from the CBN for the alleged payment of foreign election observers.
As in the amended charge sheet, marked CR/577/2023, the CBN governor, on February 8, 2023, conspired with one Odoh Ocheme, who is now at large, to receive $6.2m from the CBN, alleging that the SGF requested it “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reported that Emefiele said that the SGF requested the CBN to release “a contingent logistic advance in the sum of $6,230,000.00 in line with Mr President’s directive.”
The EFCC, however, claimed Emefiele lied intentionally about the request.
The ex-SGF said he had six permanent secretaries when he was in office and that there was never a time he sent any one of them to the CBN to receive money.
Contrary to Mustapha’s claim, an official of the CBN, Michael Onyeka Ogbuwho, on Monday, said the money in question was delivered in cash to an official from the office of the SGF, named Jibril Abubakar following the approval of former President Buhari and Godwin Emefiele.
But the SGF said Buhari’s signature was forged.