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EFCC detains, releases former NSPMC boss

By SONI DANIEL, Regional Editor, North

Abuja — Former Managing Director of  Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, NSPMC, Ehi Okomoyon, has been arrested and  quizzed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja.

Vanguard learnt from a reliable source that Okomoyon, 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 bribery scandal arising from the polymer notes contract awarded by former CBN governor.

A source said the man would remain with the security agents until he had given satisfactory answers to issues posed to him.

A source, who pleaded for anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said:   “It is true that Okomoyon was arrested 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  more with him following the statement made by him.”

Nigerian officials allegedly received bribes in a printing contract for bank notes by Securency, a note-printing firm partly owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, was also   quizzed by EFCC in January in connection with the scam.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of Okomoyon.

At the time of going to press, Vanguard gathered that he had been released.


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