Senior Special Assistant on Prosecution Okoi Obono-Obla said 46 million accounts in various banks were not linked to BVN. This, in his view, is an act of corruption, which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been directed to stop.
He said: “These accounts have not been operated for a long time. Some of these accounts belong to state agencies, some of them of the board of parastatals of the federal government of Nigeria. These accounts contain billions of naira.
“That is what informed the decision of the Accountant General of Nigeria to go to court to obtain an interim order of forfeiture and then put the parties concerned on notice, so that if they own these accounts they can go to court to explain why they have not linked these accounts with BVN.
”Under the money laundering Act, if a bank refuses to make a report to the CBN, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the EFCC or other regulatory authorities or judicial authorities on those who have accounts that have remained dormant for years, they are guilty as well.
“If the money laundering Act is followed, the banks are guilty and should be questioned for not reporting the operators of such account.”
Reacting on the forfeiture of accounts not linked to BVN, Lagos lawyer Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa said it is mind boggling that these accounts would have to be forfeited.
“It is mind boggling and constitute a serious setback for the fight against corruption. This government cannot be speaking from both sides of the mouth. A policy that provide for the goose, should embrace the gander. “