By Chijioke Ohuocha
ABUJA (Reuters) – Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday stormed the Lagos headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank, in what sources said may not be unconnected with an ongoing investigation.
But the bank, in a statement, said the law enforcement agents left without interacting with anyone, claiming that “that there was no reason for them to be here, in the first place.”
Last month, The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ordered Standard Chartered Bank and three others to bring back to the country $8.134 billion that it alleged South African telecoms firm MTN (MTNJ.J) had illegally sent abroad in breach of Nigeria’s foreign exchange regulations.
It was not immediately clear whether the move by officers from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was related to that matter.
A spokesman for the EFCC declined to comment.
“We are clear there was no basis for this entry, and the law enforcement officials left the building shortly afterwards,” Standard Chartered said.
Additional reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram in Lagos and Paul Carsten in Abuja; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Louise Heavens