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‘Sanusi may be prosecuted’ – Presidential Spokesman

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The suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, may face prosecution over the allegation of financial recklessness, the Presidential spokesman has said.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said that the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) in its report to President Goodluck Jonathan indeed recommended prosecution.

Relevant government agencies, especially the anti-graft agencies, would be asked to study the report of the FRCN which indicted the embattled governor with a view to prosecuting him.

Abati said it is clear that Sanusi had a lot of questions to answer on the issue.

“I don’t have any information on whether the President has sent the report that indicted Sanusi to anti-graft agencies but if you see the FRCN report, it recommends prosecution as its last recommendation”, Abati said

He added: “I cannot tell you whether the President has taken steps on the strength of that recommendation or not because as we have said, investigation is still ongoing.

“I am sure Sanusi himself knows that he has a lot of questions to answer but I cannot tell you categorically that a particular step has been taken.”

“One thing most people are overlooking is that if the financial statement of 2012 was strongly condemned by the FRCN, the question you should ask is that on what basis did the CBN conduct its financial processes for 2013?

“If you say a particular financial statement is wrong, for you to start another year, you have to bring forward the balance of the previous year.

“So, what figure did CBN bring forward to 2013? There are still a lot of issues requiring further investigation before a water-tight case can be established.”

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