Religious Group Laundering Money For Insurgents — EFCC
Ola Olukoyede, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the anti-graft agency has uncovered how a religious sect in Nigeria is laundering money for terrorists.
According to him, another religious factuon was found to be protecting a money launderer after some smurfed money was traced to the organisation’s bank account.
Speaking on Wednesday at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption, he made the disclosure.
Without naming those involved, he said, “A religious sect in this country had been found to be laundering money for terrorists.
“We were able to trace some laundered money to a religious organisation, and when we approached the religious organisation about it and we were carrying out our investigation, we got a restraining order stopping us from carrying out our investigation.”
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The EFCC boss added that there was a need for religious, traditional leaders and public officials to assist the EFCC in its bid to curb corruption in the country.
The agency, he furthered, would not spare anyone found culpable of financial crimes, including members of the executive, legislative, and judiciary arms of government.
“No one will be spared, we’ll probe everyone who is suspected to be committing financial crimes, and these include members of the executive, legislative, and judiciary arms of government,” Olukoyede added.
Vice President, Kashim Shettima represented President Bola Tinubu at the event, where he spoke extensively about the need to curb corruption in government, and amongst young people.
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