The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has said that it did not write to banks demanding the bank accounts of leaders of the National Assembly and the Judiciary. A document, said to be from the NFIU, was circulated on Friday showing a request to banks for the information on the accounts of the legislature and the judiciary.
In the letter dated signed by the Associate Director, Analysis and Compliance, Fehintola Salisu, the NFIU gave all the banks until September 13 to comply with the directive. The letter was addressed to all Chief Compliance Officers of the banks.
The NFIU, however, said it did not make such request from the banks. It did not, however, categorically declare the document as fake. The agency’s Chief Media Analysts, Ahmed Dikko, in a statement on Friday said the NFIU does not need to write banks to get details of accounts.
Mr Dikko said the NFIU already has access to the account details of all the principal officers of the National Assembly and the Judiciary.
Mr Dikko added that the agency does not also make blanket requests to all banks. He urged the media and the general public to disregard the reports.