There was rumpus at the gate of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Osun State on Wednesday when journalists and party chairmen were barred from witnessing the collection and distribution of sensitive materials for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
Osun CBN Director, Mrs Oluyemi Adeyemi instructed operatives of the Directorate of State Service(DSS) and private guards to deny party chairmen and journalists from entering the premises.
The instruction lead to serious disagreement at gate of the CBN, warranting the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commissioner(INEC) Dr Mutiu Agboke lambasting the apex bank leadership.
He lamented: “We have already discussed how we are going to do all these during our security meetings. We have all agreed that we will be open to all but with this your action of barring journalists and party chairmen, it is not a welcome idea.
“Before Nigerians start to think that we are the problem, we must correct this decision of barring journalist.”
The REC, who fumed over the development, later entered the premises of CBN with other staff.
But journalists and party chairmen were denied access to inspect the collection and distribution of the sensitive materials.