By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
Former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Ehi Okomoyon, has been arrested and is being quizzed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja.
Vanguard leant from a reliable source that the MD, who resigned following the curious disappearance of N1000 fresh bank notes amounting to N2.1 billion from the fortified premises, was picked up on Sunday to answer questions in connection with the missing money and the bribery scandal arising from the polymer notes contract awarded by former CBN governor, Prof. Charles Soludo.
A source said the man would remain with the security agents until he had given satisfactory answers to issues being posed to him.
The source, who pleaded anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said, “It is true that Okomoyon was arrested and taken to the Earacac office in Abuja for interrogation in connection with several issues at the NSPMC.
“I cannot say if he will be released today or next because the operatives feel they should interact the more with him following the statement made by him.”
Nigerian officials allegedly received bribes in a printing contract for banknotes by Securency, a note-printing firm partly owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo was also quizzed by the EFCC in January in connection with the scam.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed the arrest of Okomoyon.