Ola Olukoyede, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claims that the anti-graft organisation has discovered a religious group that is using money laundering to support terrorists.
At a discussion on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption” on Wednesday in Abuja, Olukoyede revealed the information. He also claimed that N7 billion in fraud proceeds had been linked to a different religious organisation.
He mentioned that the country’s religious groups, institutions, sects, and bodies had been proven to be involved in money laundering by the EFCC.
Olukoyede claimed that after money laundering was linked to one of these religious organisations, the Commission was sued by the group to defend its head.
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The head of the EFCC said that the religious organisation obtained an order prohibiting the Commission from inviting, detaining, or bringing charges against its leader.
Olukoyede did not, however, identify the religious institutions in question.
Olukoyede declared, “We won’t give up on recovering the stolen funds.”
“As I stand before this distinguished audience today, it grieves me greatly that religious leaders and even traditional rulers have a role in our battle against corruption.
“I’m here to discuss a case involving over N30 billion that was embezzled from Nigeria; we were able to link N7 billion to a specific religious organisation.
“After writing a letter to the leader, we discovered a restraining order that prevented us from inviting them and from getting the money back.”