Crime & SecurityNewsNigeriaA religious group is financing terrorism in Nigeria – EFCC Chair

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The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede has said a certain religious body funds terrorist activities in the country.

“Somewhere in this country, there is a particular religious sect that launders money for terrorists,” the EFCC boss revealed on Wednesday at a dialogue tagged “Youth, Religion, and the Fight Against Corruption” in Abuja.

He said the commission traced N7 billion out of a laundered sum of N30 billion to an unnamed religious organisation.

But as soon as investigations took off, the group sent a court order restraining him from inviting its leader for questioning or proceeding with the investigation.

“There is a matter we are handling of over N30 billion fleeced from Nigeria, and we were able to trace N7 billion to a particular religious body,” Olukoyede started.

“As we wrote a letter to the leader, the next thing we saw was a restraining order, stopping us from inviting them and stopping us from recovering the money,” the EFCC chair said, adding “Of course, we have appealed.”

Despite such pushbacks from the masked terrorist sponsors, Olukoyede said he would not back off the financial crimes fight and that no one found culpable of financial crimes would be left off the hook no matter the social status.

“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,” he stated firmly.

 

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)
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