Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said the apex bank cannot continue to sell dollars to people who purchase arms to hurt Nigerians.
Emefiele stated this on Friday, after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.
The CBN governor explained that the financial markets regulator is determined to eliminate the activities of illegal Foreign exchange traders.
According to him, the CBN remains the only national bank in the world that takes from the country’s reserve to sell dollars to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in the market.
“Nobody ever mentions the rate of Bureau de Change in the city of London. It really beats my imagination that Nigeria carried on with this kind of practice that tended to support illegal activities of people who are involved in graft and corrupt practices,” he said.
“We have supported the activities of those who illegally buy foreign exchange from this illegal market, carry them in aircraft out of the country and go to buy arms and ammunition and bring them into the country to commit crimes.
“We, the Central Bank, take our country’s dollars and sell to people to buy arms and ammunition to come and hurt us. That is what we are saying that people want us to do, we cannot do that any longer.”