Former chairman of the defunct Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni was reportedly quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, and the commission could file charges against him next week.
Initial reports suggested Ayeni had been arrested, but he has since regained his freedom.
While the commission is yet to issue a statement, some reports suggest he may face charges over abuse of office. Ayeni was chairman of Skye Bank till July 2016 when he was sacked, alongside other board members and management.
The bank, in August last year, wrote a petition to the Presidency seeking its assistance in recovering funds Ayeni had improperly obtained as Chairman.
After pumping over N100 billion into the bank, the CBN in September revoked the bank’s operating licence and handed over its assets and liabilities to a bridge bank named Polaris.
The Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) was also mandated to inject N786 billion into Polaris Bank Limited and subsequently, find a new buyer.
Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed, in October had tasked Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC to investigate the circumstances that led to the collapse of the bank, and stated that all those found guilty would be brought to book.
“All those found culpable in the failure of the bank would be prosecuted. We have to show some examples. We cannot just be bailing out banks and leaving perpetrators of the failure of these banks to just go scot-free.”