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DSS arrests CBN finance director

The outgoing Finance Director at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Benjamin Fakunle, has been reportedly arrested and detained by the Department of State Service (DSS).

According to a report by BusinessDay, it was learnt that the Secret Service arrested him to understand his role in the recently published seven-year audited accounts of the CBN which is being alleged to have not followed stipulated accounting and reporting guidelines.

Fakunle who just retired is one among many officials of the apex bank who have bee arrested and interrogated as Jim Obazee, the Special Investigator appointed by President Bola Tinubu continues the investigation of CBN.

He was said to have been arrested Wednesday at his retirement party in Abuja and has since been in detention.

Reports say Fakunle is being interrogated on why and how the accounting guidelines which allegedly deviated from the provisions of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was used to prepare the published accounts of the CBN.

He would also be required to explain why some alleged N401 million was paid for the document as against the rules laid down by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.

President Tinubu late July, appointed Jim Obazee-led special panel to investigate the CBN following arrest and prosecution of former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele over alleged financial infractions.

BusinessDay understands that the has since then has been questioning the deputy governors of the CBN, as well as other senior officials of the bank, as part of the ongoing audit.

Emefiele has been in the DSS custody since his arrest on June 10, 2023, a day after President Tinubu removed him from office.


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