Real Reasons CBN Froze Baba Ijebu's Account - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Real Reasons CBN Froze Baba Ijebu's Account

ABEOKUTA - More fact emerged on Sunday on why the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) froze the account of popular lotto magnate, Sir Kessington Adebutu otherwise known as Baba Ijebu. 

Premier Lotto owned by Baba Ijebu and other lotto operators were under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly defrauding the federal government of Nigeria of tax payment running to N24billion naira.

In a circular dated September 4, Bello Hassan, CBN’s Director of Banking Supervision, asked banks to place the accounts of the 38 companies on Post-No-Debit (PND) order

“You are hereby required to place the under listed accounts on Post-No-Debit with immediate effect and revert with the account names, numbers, currencies and balances of all accounts placed on PND.

“Note that only the listed entities should be placed on PND, all related accounts are excluded. Your response should be forwarded to the underlisted email addresses [email protected] or [email protected],” part of the circular read.

The move by the apex bank comes months after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission launched an investigation into the activities of Adebutu for alleged tax fraud and economic sabotage.

According to officials of the commission, the investigation was as a result of a petition submitted by Western Lotto, another betting company run by late Buruji Kashamu.

Sources quoted EFCC as saying that they had identified N5bn revenue that should have been remitted to the Nigerian Government but was allegedly kept aside by the company.

The probe might be expanded to include other betting companies and investigate claims of sharp practices and how some firms allegedly withhold funds from winning customers.

A sitting governor, a former governor, a retired Air Vice Marshal, AVM and a former Skye Bank Chairman have all been named in a big fraud scandal to the tune of over six billion naira which they allegedly laundered over car deal and offshore accounts.

Customers of different commercial banks are groaning over excessive charges from their accounts. 

The financial institutions known as Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in corporate parlance have reportedly introduced different deductions to increase their incomes, a development that did not go down well with customers.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approached the Senate to grant it powers to freeze accounts linked to criminals. 

The CBN made the appeal on Wednesday at a Senate Committee public hearing on its Bill for an Act to repeal the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2004.

However, investigation launched by THE ENCOUNTER NEWS revealed that, Adebutu may have been punished for reneging on his agreement with federal government to pay commission to the National lottery commission and Western lotto as the sole licensed company to play Ghana game in Nigeria. 

A source informed that, at a meeting between Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, Western lotto management and Premier Lotto company, Baba Ijebu had agreed to pay N24 to National lottery commission and N8 to Western lotto on every N100 Ghana game played on Premier lotto. 

Findings revealed that, Western lotto owned by late Senator Buruji Kashamu had paid N12million to obtain license to play Ghana game in Nigeria as the sole agent in Nigeria. 

But Adebutu failed to remit the agreed commission to appropriate quarters which necessitated the CBN's recent action. 

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