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EFCC traces ₦7billion fraud proceeds to religious body

The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, Wednesday disclosed that N7 billion suspected to be proceeds of fraud has been traced to a religious organisation.

Olukoyede said this at a public engagement on youth, religion, and the fight against corruption, and the launch of the fraud risk assessment project for ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAS).

The EFCC chairman said the commission was investigating a fraud case of N13 billion when it traced the N7billion to the religious body, who quickly obtained a restraining order, stopping the EFCC from inviting the leaders of the religious body.

Olukoyede further said the commission will not give up on the investigation as it is appealing the restraining order to recover the stolen funds.

He disclosed that another unnamed religious body was also linked to money laundering for a terrorist body, which has been killing and destroying Nigerians and Nigeria for a long time now.

The EFCC chairman also revealed that since he assumed office as the EFCC chairman about three months ago, the commission has secured 747 convictions.

Lamenting the high number of convictions, the EFCC chairman said most of them were from internet-related offences.

It would be noted that the one–day event is aimed at addressing the challenges of youth involvement in cybercrimes and how religion could be used as a weapon for their reorientation.

The event had the theme: “Youth, Religion and the Fight Against Corruption”. It featured launch of the Interfaith Preaching and Teaching Manual developed by the Interfaith Anti-corruption Advisory Committee (IAAC) of the Commission as a resource to promote abhorrence for corruption among adherents of the two religions: Islam and Christianity.

The Commission’s Fraud Risk Assessment Prevention and Control Project for Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, was also launched at the event.

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