The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced N7 billion, suspected to be proceeds of fraud to a religious organisation.
The Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ola Olukoyede disclosed this on Wednesday, 31 January, 2024, the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption.”
He said the EFCC was investigating a N13 billion fraud case when it discovered N7 billion linked to a religious body.
He added that the organization quickly obtained a restraining order to prevent the EFCC from inviting its leaders.
Olukoyede further said the commission will not give up on the investigation as it is appealing the restraining order in order to recover the stolen funds.
The EFCC Chairman also revealed that since his assumption of 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.
The event had the theme: “Youth, Religion and the Fight Against Corruption” and 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.