Magu tasks bankers on money laundering, terrorist financing

Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has called on bankers in Maiduguri, Borno state, to ensure that they comply with the Money Laundering Act, and report to the anti-graft agency, any person(s) moving cash above the allowed threshold.

Acting EFCC Spokesperson,  Mr Tony Orilade, Monday in Abuja, said Magu gave the charge during an interactive session with the Chief Compliance Officers of banks.

According to Magu, “Nobody should carry cash above the threshold of above N10 million for corporate organizations and N5 million for individuals; anything above the threshold must be routed through financial institutions.”

Magu also emphasized the role of Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs in the North-east stressing that the EFCC will in the near future, begin the profiling of such organizations with a view of monitoring their financial activities.

He said: “We must profile all the NGOs in the North-east. I don’t know why an NGO will open more than 40 bank accounts.

“We are going to ask your various banks to give us statements of accounts for each and every NGO.

“The issue of money laundering, terrorist financing and leakage of information will be eliminated by the Commission with the help of bankers across the country.”

While answering questions from a bank official, Magu said, “Aside from terrorist financing, the Commission is trailing the activities of ‘yahoo -yahoo boys’ on how victims were defrauded in the hands of those fraudsters by using latest technology. The Commission through the Nigerian Communications Commission is working assiduously to stop the menace.”

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