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Sanusi Didn’t Buy N1 Billion Home in Abuja – CBN

By on December 2, 2011

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that its governor Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, didn’t buy a billion naira property in Abuja as speculated in the media. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the CBN’s Head of Corporate Communications, M.M. Abdullahi, in Abuja yesterday.

The statement reads thus: “The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has noted a report being circulated to members of the public alleging that the CBN Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has bought a N1 billion property in Abuja to add to the aesthetic value of his new house.”

The apex bank said that “ordinarily, the Bank would not have bothered to respond to a matter personal to Malam Sanusi Lamido but for the fact that the property in question belongs to the CBN.”

CBN explained that “the property located at NO.8 (Plot 2704), Colorado Street, Maitama is the official residence of the CBN Governor under construction. The contract for the building was awarded before assumption of office of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

“The decision to build the official residence was hinged on the provisions of Section 34, Sub-section (e) of the CBN Act 2007 as amended which allows for the provision of official residence for the CBN Governor,” the statement said.

The apex bank also said that “the adjoining plot with two duplexes at No. 1, Missouri Street, Off Colorado Street, was bought by the Bank to provide parking space as the original plot was congested. The owner of the adjoining plot has since been paid and the space is required to complete the development of the new building.”

“For the avoidance of doubts, the two properties belong to the Central Bank of Nigeria as the new official residence of the Governor. Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has no personal house in Abuja and his current official residence is a rented property paid for by the Bank as temporary residence pending the completion of the Governor’s official quarters.

“It is therefore very clear that the perpetrators of this unwholesome act are only out to impugn the integrity of Mallam Sanusi. Their action in circulating the address of the residence of the Governor through the media constitutes serious security threats to him and his family. In view of this, we shall make a formal report to the security agencies for necessary action,” the statement said.

  • Nvfatman

    Don’t know where this came from but don’t sound good.

    From:   [email protected]
    Subject: KINDLY GET BACK TO ME!!
    Date: December 2, 2011 6:08:46 AM MST
    To:   undisclosed-recipients:;
    Reply-To:   [email protected]

    MRS. FUNMI COKER.
    PLOT 25, SUITE 2B
    C.B.N ESTATE SATELITE
    TOWN, LAGOS.
    OFFICIAL EMAIL: [email protected]
    PRIVATE EMAIL: [email protected]

    DATE: 02?12? 2011.

    Dear SIR,

    AFTER A SERIOUS THOUGHT, I DECIDED TO REACH YOU DIRECTLY AND PERSONALLY BECAUSE
    I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST YOU, BUT YOUR NIGERIAN PARTNERS AND CONFIDANT.

    I AM THE DIRECTOR OF WIRE TRANSFER/TELEX DEPARTMENT OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF
    NIGERIA, SOME TIME IN THE PAST YOUR NIGERIAN PARTNERS AND CONFIDANT IN THIS
    OFFICE APPROACHED ME THROUGH A FRIEND OF MINE WHO WORKS WITH ONE OF THE
    MINISTRIES HERE AND REQUESTED THAT I ASSIST THEM CONCLUDE A MONEY TRANSFER DEAL.
    THEY GAVE ME YOUR NAME AND PARTICULARS AND TOLD ME TO PUT THEM INTO OUR
    COMPUTING SYSTEM IN THE LAB SO THAT IT WILL APPEAR AS IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE
    GENUINE CONTRACTORS THAT HAVE BEEN CLEARED FOR PAYMENT.

    ACCORDING TO THEM, THEY WANTED TO USE THIS STRATEGY TO TRANSFER A HUGE AMOUNT OF
    US DOLLARS WHICH THEY ACCUMULATED THROUGH INFLATED CONTRACT AWARDS AND THE MONEY
    HAS BEEN FLOATING IN THE CBN SINCE THE ORIGINAL CONTRACTORS HAS BEEN PAID SO
    THEY WANTED TO USE YOUR ACCOUNT TO TRANSFER THE SURPLUS OUT OF NIGERIA. WE
    AGREED THAT ONCE I DO THIS, THEY WOULD GIVE ME US$100,000.00 AND GIVE ME ANOTHER
    US$100,000.00 WHEN I RELEASED THE FUND TO YOU. WHEN THEY SAW THAT I HAVE DONE
    THAT AND YOUR NAME HAS BEEN APPROVED AMONG THE LIST OF THOSE TO BE PAID, INSTEAD
    OF GIVING ME THE AGREED DEPOSIT OF US$100,000.00, THEY STARTED AVOIDING ME AND
    RESORTED TO THREATS. I IMMEDIATELY DELETED THE FINAL APPROVAL CODE OF THE FUND,
    WHICH IS ONLY KNOWN TO ME BECAUSE OF MY POSITION, AND RELEASE OTHER CONTRACTORS
    FUND WITHOUT YOURS.

    THEY BECAME ANGRY THE MORE WHEN THEY SAW THAT THEIR THREAT DID NOT WORK, AND
    STARTED BRIBING OTHER OFFICIALS TO GET ANOTHER APPROVAL FOR THE MONEY TO YOU
    WITHOUT  SUCCESS. APPROVALS ARE FREE, IS IT NOT FUNNY THAT A CONTRACTOR IS BEING
    ASKED TO PAY FOR APPROVAL WHILE HIS MILLIONS IS HERE WITH US? I AM 100%
    RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DELAY AND OBSTRUCTIONS BECAUSE OF THEIR BREACH OF CONTRACT.
    IF YOU DOUBT WHAT I HAVE JUST TOLD YOU, PAY ANY AMOUNT THEY WILL ASK YOU TO PAY
    NOW, AFTER A SHORT TIME THEY WILL COME UP WITH ANOTHER REASON TO PAY AGAIN AND
    IT GOES ON AND ON. THEY ARE SIMPLY WICKED AND SELFISH.

    NOW IF YOU WANT US TO WORK TOGETHER, THESE ARE MY CONDITIONS.

    I.       I WILL HAVE 30% OF THE MONEY BECAUSE IT IS ONLY THE TWO OF US LEFT FOR NOW.

    II.     YOU WILL ASSIST MY SON TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY OTHER
    PLACE OF MY CHOICE WHERE I WILL PAY IN MY OWN SHARE.

    III.    AS YOU HAVE SEEN, IT WILL BE USELESS AND MERE WASTE OF MONEY IF YOU
    CONTINUE WITH ANY OTHER PERSON, SO WE WILL CONCLUDE THE TRANSACTION WITH UTMOST
    SECRECY WITH THE ABOVE PRIVATE E-MAIL: [email protected]

    IF THESE CONDITIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE TO YOU, CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO LET
    US FINALISE TO THAT I WILL SEND TO YOU OUR OFFICIAL KIT WIRE TRANSFER FORM TO
    COMPLETE AND I WILL RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOUR ACCOUNT. BUT IF YOU ARE NOT
    INTERESTED, I ADVICE YOU TO FORGET THE FUND AS IT WILL BE TRANSFERRED INTO OUR
    CONSOLIDATED NATIONAL RESERVE. NOTE: OBSERVE THIS CODE VERY IMPORTANT WHEN
    REPLYING THIS MESSAGE, THE CODE IS: 202, ALWAYS WRITE WITH THE CODE (202) SO
    THAT I WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE ONE OKAY.

    BEST REGARDS,

    MRS. FUNMI COKER.

    DIRECTOR, WIRE TRANSFER/TELEX DEPT. (CBN

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  • Bob Samuel

    The story speaks of nothing but a shame on the alleged anti-corruption pretences of the CBN governor. Why would tax payers money up to tune of one billion naira be used to buy properties for one government official despite the massive construction that is taking place? In a country where millions of graduates are roaming the streets seeking for non-existent job, government afford to can spend such stupendous amount to acquire properties for the people who are telling us to brace up for subsidy removal. This is nothing but corruption at its highest. Period.