We are going after the church for receiving N7bn fraud proceeds – Chairman of the EFCC

Ola Olukoyede, the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, revealed that the EFCC had linked a religious group to the N7 billion in cash believed to be the proceeds of money laundering.

He disclosed the information on Wednesday during a one-day discussion on “Youth, Religion and the Fight against Corruption” at the Musa Yar'Adua Center in Abuja.

Although he did not mention names, the EFCC chairman also stated that the agency had found another religious organization that is using money laundering to support terrorists.

According to The Punch, an anti-graft agency source with knowledge of the matter confirmed the fact that the N7 billion was transferred to a church account.

According to Olukayode, it emerged that a number of religious organisations, institutions, sects and bodies in the country were aiding fraudsters and terrorists.

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He claims that the anti-graft agency found N7 billion laundered into the bank account of a religious organization while investigating N13 billion fraud.

The EFCC chairman stated that they could not proceed further due to a restraining order but vowed that the anti-graft organization will take legal action to recover the money while the judgment is being appealed.

Olukoyede said; “We were investigating a N13 billion money laundering case when we discovered that N7 billion of the N13 billion was linked to the bank account of a religious organization.

“When we approached the religious organization about this and we were conducting our investigation, we received a restraining order that prevented us from conducting our investigation.”

He added; “No one will be spared. We will investigate anyone suspected of committing financial crimes, including members of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government.”

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