I didn’t refund $500m to FG coffers – Ex-CBN dep. Gov. Lemo

* Demands retraction of ‘defamatory’ story within 24 hours

By Nudoiba Ojen

A former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Tunde Lemo, has said that he did not at any time take any $500million from the coffer of Nigerian Government warranting any refund.

Lemo also said he did not refund $500million or any amount to the Federal Government of Nigeria either through the Special Investigator of the Federal Government or any agent of the government or any person by whatsoever name called.

Consequently, the former CBN boss, in a letter titled, “Re: Emefiele refunds N4tr, Lemo N500m $275m and N1.5tr found with Buhari’s PA”, demanded retraction of a story published in an online medium on November 21, 2023 with the above referenced as caption.

Lemo’s lawyers, Zest Partners, in the letter to the publisher of the news medium dated November 22, 2023, signed by Obienu Chinedu, asserted “that the information so published by your newspaper as it relates to our Client (Lemo) is false and untrue.

“Our Client finds the statement defamatory and sees it as a direct attack on his personality to malign him in the eyes of well-meaning Nigerians and his friends outside Nigeria.

“Our client herein DEMANDS that the rounds as it you retract the said statement making relates to our client within the next 24hours.

“It is our hope that you will heed and accede to our demands and retract the statement through the same medium it was published within the timeframe given.

“HOWEVER should wisdom fail to prevail, and you fail to so comply, we will proceed to perfect our Client’s instructions,” Chinedu stated.

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