Gowon Dismisses Allegation Of Looting CBN, Asks UK Lawmaker To Check His Record

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Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has dismissed allegations of money laundering levelled against him by a of United Kingdom parliament.

elder statesman condemned claims in an interview with Channels Television on , three days after the UK , Tom Tugendhat, accused him of looting half of the (CBN).

He stated that it was disappointing that a British parliamentarian could such a statement without checking the facts.

“It is certainly surprising, and I am disappointed that a British parliamentarian could such a statement without checking the facts of what he was saying.

“I honestly was disappointed that such a remark is made,” the Nigerian leader told Channels Television London correspondent 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.

Check Record

General 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 and the British authorities to check.

He also called on the UK government to the necessary step to order, stressing that making an allegation of such was an insult to him and Nigeria as a nation.

Watch the video of the UK parliament’s deliberation to which the Nigerian government is reacting below:

The Head of State said, “The record of 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 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 facts before he makes such allegation because it is more or less an insult to the of Nigeria and certainly an insult to me to say that I did something of the sort to half of Nigeria’s Central Bank and I have put it in a British bank.”

“So, he check all the British to see whether any such thing has happened, and he (the UK ) will be surprised that I was not being held for money laundering,” he added.

General Gowon, 86, served as the Head of State from 1966 to 1975.

Tugendhat had accused General Gowon and some other leaders in Nigeria of robbing the people during a debate on a petition on at the UK parliament.

He also alleged that the leaders ran to London to hide the loots, adding that British were used for illegal transfer of assets.