Gowon looted half of Central Bank as Head of State, UK lawmaker alleges (VIDEO)


A member of the British parliament on Monday claimed that former Nigeria's Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon stole half of the funds in the Central Bank (CBN).

The lawmaker made the allegation during the parliament deliberation on the aftermath of the EndSARS protest, and possible sanctions to be meted on Nigerian officials for human rights abuses.

He said, “What we are seeing in Nigeria today is part of that story. It is a tragedy we are all witnessing because we see things falling apart.

“The problem this time is not foreign pressure known as colonialism. The pressure instead is corruption and violence and attempts at control (of power).

“We need to call out the corruption, we need to use the powers that we have in this country to stop those who are profiting from the wealth of that great nation and hiding it here.

“Now some people will remember when general Gowon left Nigeria, he took half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London.

“We know today, even now in this great city of ours, there are sadly some people who have taken the wealth of Nigerian people and hidden their ill-gotten gains here."

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The UK parliament on Monday began debate on the alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

During the debate, a number of the British lawmakers pushed for possible sanctions against Muhammadu Buhari government over the killing of peaceful protesters.

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