A civil rights group, Centre for Social Justice, has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, to investigate the appointment and activities of the Nigeria Export and Import, NEXIM bank’s Executive Director, Mrs. Folake Itohan Oke Salami, alleging that she was not qualified to head the bank.
In a letter addressed to the ICPC, signed by Comrade Ikpa Isaac for the group, dated June 5, 2015, and made available to Nigerian Pilot, the group said “as the situation stands, we have carried out private investigations on the credentials of the said Mrs. Folake Itohan Oke Salami and discovered that she committed fraud and told huge lies on oath in order to occupy the aforesaid position.’’
The group which is a coalition of civil rights groups, while addressing a press conference, claimed that Mrs Salami had falsified her experience status in the banking sector to influence her appointment into that position, stating that her claim of working in a multipurpose cooperative society did not fit the bill as stipulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
A press briefing held in Abuja and addressed by the Executive Coordinator of the group claimed the said Executive Director had used her claim to owning a multipurpose cooperative society to influence her appointment.
“In the light of the above, paragraph 3.2A of the said circular states that a Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director and Executive Director of a bank such as NEXIM Bank must have possessed a minimum of 15 years post qualification experience out of which at least 10 must be in management and leadership positions…
“Sir, we make bold to state that a Multipurpose Cooperative Society does not qualify as a bank in the eyes of the Central Bank of Nigeria. It therefore follows that Mrs. Folake Itohan Oke Salami’s claim of having acted as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of her mushroom “Multipurpose Cooperative Society”, thereby fraudulently earning herself the prestigious position of Executive Director Business Development, Nigerian Export-Import Bank to the detriment of the other suitably qualified Nigerian citizens constitutes an offence punishable under section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act No. 5, 2000,” it stated.
The group however, warned that failure of the Commission to act on the petition within seven working days will leave them with no other option than to mobilise concerned organisations to occupy the commission’s office until the attention of Mr. President and the international community aer drawn to the matter.


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