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Strong indications have emerged that despite the growing political pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to save embattled Ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Charles Soludo, from the hands of the dreaded International Police (Interpol) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), there is very little the President can do to protect him.

FrontiersNews Investigation revealed that barely five hours the news of Soludo's arrest hits the airwaves, governors of the South-East geo-political zone and the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisations, Ndigbo and Ohaneze have begun plea moves to the President to save Soludo, fondly called "the Soludo Solution".

It was gathered that in as much Aso Rock would have loved to show mercy on the "Soludo Scandal Saga" saving him would certainly be seen as strong sense of compromise by Mr President on his resolve on the fight against corruption.

An impeccable source told FrontiersNews that Soludo's case was further worsened by the fact that much more than the Nigerian anti-graft agency, the EFCC, the international crime control organisation, Interpol has a special interest in the fraudulent conduct of the scandalous Soludo as CBN boss.

"Mr President's intervention would undoubtedly send very wrong signals to the international community that indeed Nigeria was not ready and can't fight corruption; so I feel very strongly that Oga is constrained to intervene in a matter that is strictly beyond his control", our source disclosed.

The former CBN boss was arrested thursday by the EFCC over weighty allegation of multi billion naira fraud and bribery scandal levelled against him by some multinational companies while in office as CBN governor.

"Soludo should have been in jail before now for the atrocities he committed why he was CBN governor", the presidential aide said adding that "you can't steal from government and turn around to be abusing the same government. You won't have rest. If you leave office you are automatically on your own and instead of him to keep quiet, he is busy abusing government and everybody"

A top presidential aide and EFCC sources confirmed to FrontiersNews that Soludo is presently been detained at the EFCC headquarters, Abuja for immediate prosecution.

FrontiersNews findings shows that the former CBN governor's arrest followed the existence of overwhelming evidence by the interpol and EFCC for different shades of financial crimes by the embattled former CBN boss.

"Soludo should have been in jail before now for the atrocities he committed why he was CBN governor", the presidential aide said adding that "you can't steal from government and turn around to be abusing the same government. You won't have rest. If you leave office you are automatically on your own and instead of him to keep quiet, he is busy abusing government and everybody".

The source explained that "the international community has been keeping a tab on Soludo and I think they have given the EFCC enough information that will put him behind bar for so many years. He is going to end up like Ibori".

A senior minister in the President Goodluck Jonathan's government who would not like his name in print over the scandal told FrontiersNews that the Australian Government through the Interpol has been investigating Soludo for bribery allegation for a long time.

"I am aware that Soludo has been under investigations for a long time now. The investigation has to do with the printing of currency notes during Solud's tenure as CBN governor. The information available to us showed that he was involved in huge bribery scandal involving printing of Nigeria currency".

The source stated further that he was shocked that the former CBN governor "would subject himself to such scandalous behaviour. It is pure greed and he should pay for it".

 



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