Exposed!: EFCC boss says Commission uncovered religious sect laundering money for terrorists

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*That another religious body was found protecting money launderer when funds were traced to launderer’s account

*Regrets that religious bodies would be laundering money for terrorists

*Vows to probe anybody suspected of financial crime, including religious leaders

By Kenneth Atavti

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ola Olukoyede has revealed that the anti-graft agency had uncovered how a religious sect in Nigeria is laundering money for terrorists.

This was as he also revealed that another religious body was found to be protecting a money launderer after some money suspected to have been laundered was traced to the organisation’s bank account.

The EFCC boss made the revelation on Wednesday at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption.”

He noted that some religious organisations, institutions, sects, and bodies, have been found culpable of money laundering.

He added that one religious organisation was found to be laundering money for terrorists.

Olukoyede said, “A religious sect in this country had been found to be laundering money for terrorists.”

He 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.

He noted that the EFCC 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.

Other dignitaries present at the dialogue were the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, former Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, the Ọọni of Ifẹ, Ọba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, the Chairperson, Nigeria Committee of Vice Chancellors, Professor Lilian Salami, and the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede respectively.