Turkish newspaper, Yenisafak, has alleged that the United Bank of Africa (UBA) played a key role in the distribution of funds for the facilitation of the failed coup.
On July 15, a small group of Turkish generals unsuccessfully tried to overthrow the Turkish government in a coup attempt that was thwarted after thousands of Turkish citizens heeded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ’s call to take to the streets and resist, 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.
And on Monday, a former U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, was alledged as the organizer of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey.
Turkish newspaper, Yeni Safak, in its report alleged 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.
But a UBA spokesman has debunked the report, adding that the bank would issue a statement on Tuesday to deny the allegations.
The report by 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 categorically dismissed the allegations, which have helped stoke anti-American sentiment in Turkey.
President Barack Obama had this to say last week:
“Any reports that we had any previous knowledge of a coup attempt, that there was any U.S. involvement in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish democracy are completely false, unequivocally false.”