Former Nigeria head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has debunked allegations that he looted “half of the Central Bank of Nigeria” to the United Kingdom.
A member of the UK Parliament, Tom Tugendhat, made the claims during a debate on shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in October.
Tugendhat had said that “we know that today, even now, in this great city of ours, there are, sadly, some people who have taken from the Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here.” He said Gowon was one of them. According to him, Gowon took half of the CBN to the UK.
However, in an interview with the BBC, Gowon described the allegations as “rubbish”.
He said: “What the MP said is rubbish. I don’t know where he got that rubbish from. I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.
“I did not want to speak on this issue because people that know me know that what the MP said is not true.”
Gowon was Nigeria’s Head of State from 1966 to 1975 when he was ousted from power by Gen. Murtala Muhammed.