“It has become necessary to restate that the officer who initiated the request was obviously unacquainted with the fact that the NFIU already had access to such information through its data base.
“It is also pertinent to note that the NFIU has the major responsibility, in accordance with global standards, to maintain and regularly update the list of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs).
“It will be recalled that a new government was inaugurated in May 2019. The officer who initiated the unauthorised letter was also taking the initiative to update the PEPs list. This list includes politicians and political appointees in all organs of government.
“The update exercise which is a regular practice in order to protect public funds and other assets is also in accordance with global best practice.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Their Excellencies, The Senate President, The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of the Federation, as well as Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Justices and other members of the Judiciary are NOT under investigation by the NFIU.
“We appeal to members of the public that it is needless to make political capital out of this as the entire country is just a co-signatory with other 164 members of the FIU processes.
“Having been aware that the leaked letter was not subjected to the appropriate level of authorisation before transmission, the NFIU has commenced investigation to unravel the persons and the factors that led to the inadvertent circumvention of our internal process in this isolated case with a view to applying appropriate sanctions as deterrence.”