Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, on Friday, denied reports that he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, insisting that rather, he was invited by the agency to make clarifications on some issues on a matter under investigation.
It was reported on Thursday that the EFCC arrested the former governor of the CBN in connection with the Australian polymer banknotes bribery scam, which occurred between 2006 and 2008 when he held sway as CBN governor.
However, Prof. Soludo, in a statement issued in Abuja, insisted that he voluntarily went to the EFCC office to honour the commission’s invitation.
The statement, signed on his behalf by Mr Bonaventure Melah, read in part: “We want to put it on record that media reports that Professor Chukwuma Soludo was arrested by operatives of the EFCC in Abuja is totally false or to say the least, written in error.
“The fact of the matter is that the EFCC wrote a letter to Prof. Soludo inviting him to their Abuja office on the 10th of January 2013. EFCC’s invitation letter to Prof. Soludo was dated 20th December, 2012.
“Professor Soludo was abroad attending to several international engagements when the letter was sent to his aides. As a law abiding citizen of the country, Prof. Soludo returned to Nigeria in the New Year and honoured EFCC invitation on January 10th as requested.
“He voluntarily went from his home to EFCC office on Thursday. He was neither arrested nor escorted by any operative of the Commission.”