By Godson Ikiebey- 

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has said that it is investigating how its letter to commercial banks requesting the account details of principal government officers was leaked.

This was made known on Monday, September 16, 2019 by Ahmed Dikko, NFIU spokesperson. 

According to him, the report that the agency is probing the senate president, speaker of the house of representatives and the chief justice of Nigeria is untrue.

He said the agency’s leaked confidential letter to banks requesting account details of principal government officers was a regular practice in order to protect public funds and assets.

Dikko stated that the agency is investigating how the letter was leaked and that sanctions will be imposed on the offender. He said: 

“It will be recalled that a new government was inaugurated in May, 2019. The officer who initiated the unauthorised letter was also taking the initiative to update the PEPs list. 

“This list includes politicians and political appointees in all organs of government. The update exercise which is a regular practice in order to protect public funds and other assets is also in accordance with global best practice.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of the Federation as well as senators, members of the House of Representatives, justices and other members of the judiciary are not under investigation by the NFIU.

“Having been aware that the leaked letter was not subjected to the appropriate level of authorization before transmission, the NFIU has commenced investigation to unravel the persons and the factors that led to the inadvertent circumvention of our internal process in this isolated case with a view to applying appropriate sanctions as deterrence”. 

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