Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state of Nigeria, has rebuffed allegations that he took half of the Central Bank of Nigeria to the United Kingdom after his time in office.
Tom Tugendhat, a member of the UK Parliament, made the claims during a debate on the Lekki tollgate shootings of protesters.
Tugendhat remarked 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”.
According to Gowon, what the MP said is rubbish. and he is unaware of where the parliamentarian got that rubbish from. He further asserted that he served Nigeria diligently and there are records to prove it.
Yakubu Gowon was Nigeria’s Head of State from 1966 to 1975.