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NIRSAL CEO Abbas Masanawa sacked over alleged treasury looting with CBN Governor Emefiele



EXCLUSIVE: Abbas Masanawa, formerly the CEO of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), has been dismissed from his position, according to exclusive reports from THEPRESSNG.

Sources indicate that Masanawa’s removal could potentially be linked to his suspected involvement in the ongoing investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) chief, Godwin Emefiele.

Reliable sources from THEPRESSNG have revealed that Masanawa is currently under the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), where he is undergoing questioning in relation to his alleged role in the Emefiele corruption case.

Insiders told our correspondent that Mr Masanawa was arrested four weeks ago on his return to Nigeria from Hajj; and has remained there while their investigation continued.

Mr Masanawa’s arrest stemmed from his role as the managing director of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC). He resigned from NSPMC in 2022.

The NSPMC is a subsidiary of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) responsible for printing and minting the nation’s currency notes, coins and high-level security documents.

Mr Emefiele was fired as CBN governor on June 9 and was arrested the next day by the DSS.

Dr. Peter Afunanya, spokesperson for the DSS, in his reaction to the development simply said in a message to ThePressNG on Friday that ‘No comments’.

Mr Masanawa served as special adviser to Mr Emefiele and steadily moved up the rung to become the executive director at the NSPMC.

Former President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the organisation’s managing director in September 2018.

In May 2022, Mr Mansanawa declared his intention to contest the governorship election in Katsina without stepping down from office. He promptly resigned from his position.

After he failed to clinch the ticket, Mr Emefiele appointed him as the new head of NIRSAL, following the removal of the agency’s former boss Aliyu Abdulhameed.

Recall, that the Federal Government will on August 23, 2023 arraign Emefiele and his associates for an alleged N6.9 billion procurement fraud at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja.

Emefiele will be arraigned alongside a female CBN employee, Sa’adatu Yaro and her company, April1616 Investment Limited on 20 charges of procurement fraud, conspiracy and conferring corrupt advantages on his associates.