Following the allegation by a Turkish newspaper, Yeni Şafak, that the United Bank for Africa (UBA) played a key role in the distribution of funds for the facilitation of the failed coup, the bank has said it has no connections whatsoever to the incident.
In a statement, the bank said:
“UBA is aware of the on-going and spurious media speculation linking our institution to recent events in Turkey.
In light of this we believe it is necessary to categorically state that UBA has no involvement in or connection to these accusations, which are clearly false.”
“We remain focused and firmly committed to delivering on our strategy to build Africa’s premier banking institution.”
The Turkish newspaper had accused a former U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) General John F. Campbell, of being the mastermind of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey.
It also cited that Campbell also managed more than $2 billion money transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey.
The pro-government newspaper also alleged that Campbell had paid at least two secret visits to Turkey since May, until the day of the coup attempt.
The retired American general on Monday dismissed as “absolutely ridiculous” allegations made by the Turkish newspaper that he orchestrated the country’s botched coup.
The U.S. government has also dismissed the allegations, which have helped stoke anti-American sentiment in Turkey.
It would be recalled that a small group of Turkish generals tried to overthrow the Turkish government in a coup attempt On July 15 but was thwarted after thousands of Turkish citizens heeded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets and resist, and within hours, the coup crumbled.
Turkish President Erdogan has responded to the attempted military coup with a sweeping crackdown and a three-month state of emergency.