Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele has denied ever flying in private jet to the burial of his mother.
The denial was contained in a statement on Saturday, while reacting to a newspaper publication that he, members of his family and Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, flew in a chartered private jet to CBN Governor’s mother burial.
However, reacting to the story, CBN in a statement issued by its Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoroafor, said neither the governor nor any of its top official had engaged the services of chartered private jets since 2015.
The statement reads in part, “The Central Bank of Nigeria has, for several years in the past, used private and official chartered flights in making urgent travels to meet needs in remote, not-easily- accessible locations or in cases where timing might be critical to matters of urgent national importance.
This practice was in place long before the assumption of office of the current Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.
“In fact it is on record that the past two CBN Governors actively used chartered private jet services to meet urgent national assignments.
“However in 2015, in response to the economic downturn and the cost-cutting stance of government, Mr. Emefiele ordered the stoppage of the use of chartered flights by the Bank.
“Since then, neither Mr. Emefiele nor any of the Deputy Governors has used the services of private chartered flights and the CBN has not paid a kobo for private jet services.
“Mr Emefiele and indeed other principal officers of the CBN have religiously maintained the modest disposition of using regular flights, including doing several trips by road to and from different parts of the country.
“It is also important to note here that no private jet was used by Mr. Emefiele, his immediate family, or indeed other principal officers of the Bank during the burial of Mr Emefiele’s mother”, the statement added.