NIRSAL CEO, Abbas Masanawa Sacked For Allegedly Looting Treasury With Emefiele

NIRSAL CEO, Abbas Masanawa Sacked For Allegedly Looting Treasury With Emefiele

Abbas Masanawa, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, NIRSAL, has been sacked.

It was gathered that the removal of Masanawa may not be unconnected with his alleged role in the ongoing corruption probe of suspended embattled governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele.

It was gathered that Masanawa is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) facing interrogations over his role in the Emefiele’s alleged loot.

Insiders revealed 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 had resigned from NSPMC in 2022 on the pretext that he was seeking a governorship election as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), while still in office.

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 suspended as CBN governor on June 9 and was arrested the next day by the DSS.

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 23 August, 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

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