We are going after the church to get N7bn fraud money – EFCC Chairman
Ola Olukoyede, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, disclosed that the EFCC had linked a religious group to the N7 billion in money that was believed to be cash proceeds.
He disclosed the information on Wednesday at a one-day debate on “Youth, Religion and the Fight Against Corruption” at the Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja.
Although he did not name them, the EFCC chairman also said that the agency had discovered another religious group that has been using money laundering to support terrorists.
According to The Punch, an anti-graft agency source with knowledge of the matter confirmed that the N7 billion was transferred to a church account.
According to Olukayode, several religious groups, institutions, sects and organizations in the country have been found to be supporting and encouraging fraudsters and terrorists.
He claims that the anti-graft agency discovered N7 billion laundered in the bank account of a religious group while looking into a N13 billion fraud.
The EFCC chairman said they could not proceed due to a restraining court order, but promised that the anti-graft agency would pursue legal action to recover the money as it was claimed that ‘ judgement.
Olukoyede said; “We were investigating the N13bn money laundering case when we discovered that N7bn of the N13bn was linked to the bank account of a religious group.
“When we went to the religious group about it and we were doing our investigation, we got a restraining order that stopped us from doing our investigation.”
He sent; “No one will be spared, we will investigate all those suspected of committing financial crimes, and these include members of the executive, legislative and judicial arms of government” .