Abuja - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied
allegation that one of its bullion vans was involved in a road traffic accident
that killed 14 people on the Asaba-Benin express way.
The apex bank denied the allegation in a statement by its
acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, in Abuja
There had been reports earlier that 14 people were feared
dead in an accident involving a CBN bullion van, a fuel tanker, a commercial
bus and cars on the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway.
The victims were said to include officials of the bank,
policemen and passengers of commercial buses
“I wish to state that the report is entirely untrue. The
vehicle that was used to illustrate the news story does not belong to the CBN.
“No CBN bullion van was involved in any accident. The only
accident on the road involved vehicles which do not belong to CBN.
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“The reporter may have mistaken a CBN bullion van which had
malfunctioned during a currency movement from Asaba to Benin and was immediately
substituted and securely parked at the Abudu Police Station.
“The van was part of a totally unrelated road traffic
accident that happened earlier on that same road,” it stated.
According to the statement, the Police could also confirm
that there was no such accident involving a CBN van where people died.
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