The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday declared that the movement of capital by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working from the northeast has to be approved by it.
The commission also sought the alliance of the Nigerian Army to end terrorism in the northeast by halting terror financing and money laundering in the northeast.
Some NGOs in the area have been suspected of participation in terror financing.
Some were said to have paid for a 10-year hotel accommodation making it hard for travellers to find accommodation in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Former Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had raised the alert that some NGOs had 50 bank accounts and sought the cooperation of banks to arrest the situation by providing the essential info.
A statement by the commission said that the Maiduguri Zonal Head of the commission, Mr. Onwukwe Obiora, said motion of money by NGOs at Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states must be accepted by the commission.
“We wish to evenly inform you in carrying out our mandate the commission ensures that movement of cash by Non-Governmental Organisations across the local authorities in Borno, Yobe and a few components of Adamawa State must be approved by the zonal office”.
He further said that when patrons of insurgency and kidnapping were cut away, the fight against insurgency could be won by the theatre command.
Obiora appealed to the command to report suspected illicit funds connected to NGOs or people to the commission.
He harped on the need for the Nigerian Army and the commission to collaborate in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the North-east.
Based on him, `’the theatre command is a really critical stakeholder in the battle against corruption and the role that it plays is massive.
In his response, the Theatre Commander, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya pledged the command’s service for the EFCC.
He said the Army would aid the commission in identifying and reporting the eggs amongst NGOs, Bureau de Change operators and other local builders with the aim of stopping money laundering and terrorists financing in the North-east.
In a related development, the Army has pledged to improve the existing connection between the EFCC.
The Commander, 3 Brigade Nigerian Army, Kano, Brigadier General S. Nicodemus, made the pledge yesterday when he visited the Kano Zonal Office of the EFCC.
The commander, who assumed control of the brigade on April 23, 2021, said the trip was supposed to cement the present relationship between the military and the agency.
He disclosed he was briefed by his predecessor of the relationship that existed between the Brigade and the EFCC and urged the zonal head to uphold the relationship.
The Kano Zonal Head, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji, in his reply, assured the commander of enhanced relationship and support.
Dogondaji further stated that the doorways of the commission were open to the Army.