CBN requests bank details of ‘Baba Ijebu’, Nairabet founders

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has requested that all banks in the country submit the statements of domiciliary accounts of some high profile individuals.

The apex bank issued the directive in a September 15 letter signed by Z. Markus for the director of banking supervision.

The affected individuals include Adebutu Kessington, the founder of Premier Lotto, popularly referred to as Baba Ijebu, and Akin Alabi, founder of Nairabet and a member of the house of representatives representing Ona-Ara/Egbeda federal constituency.

Others are Adebisi Adebutu, Ajibola Adebutu, Olanipekun Adebutu, Olusegun Adebutu, Mauro Ripamonti, Charbel Chidiac, Oludamilare Alabi, Oluwafemi Babalola, Adetayo Adesanwo and Byron Powell.

“You are required to furnish us with the domiciliary account statements (Excel and PDF formats) of the under listed individuals, including the domiciliary accounts linked to them by bank verification number (BVN). The statements should cover the period, January 1, 2013, to July 31, 2020,” the letter read.

This comes after CBN instructed banks to place a post-no-debit instruction on the accounts of 38 companies including betting companies, bureau de change companies and some logistics companies.

The companies were accused of forex infractions, moving forex abroad without the required authorisation and “economic sabotage”.

Premier Lotto Limited aka Baba Ijebu, owned by Adebutu Kessington, was one of the affected companies.

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