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EFCC Set To Prosecute Orji Kalu Again, Reveals Female Minister In $37m Deal With Bank MD



Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdularasheed Bawa has opened up on the identity of the female minister from whose house $20 million was recovered just as he disclosed the EFCC’s plan to prosecute Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu all over again.

Bawa disclosed these on Thursday while addressing journalists during the weekly ministerial chat at the State House in Abuja.

The EFCC  boss also affirmed that he is not moved by the threats to his life and he is determined to prosecute the many pending cases under trial.

Among the cases he said was set for trial is the case against Orji Kalu, the former governor of Abia State.

Clarifying the reports of a female minister who laundered $37 million through a real estate deal including $20 million cash, he disclosed that he simply made reference to an old case involving a former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Madueke.

The EFCC Chairman further disclosed that since his first 100 days in office, the agency has been working on a number of proactive strategies including a special control unit against money laundering, established particularly to address non-designated financial institutions including car dealers, real estate, jewellery dealers, among others.

Bawa expressed confidence that when the unit is fully established, corruption will reduce significantly in the country.

Also besides the plan on Kalu, Bawa said that most of the proceeds of corruption and other crimes are laundered through real estate and have become a huge challenge. He gives examples of property acquired especially in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt where billions of naira are laundered through this means.

He, nevertheless, declined to disclose actual perpetrators or the properties involved.

According to him since his assumption, a number of recoveries have been made including N6billion, $161million, £13,000 pounds, €1,730 among others.

Internet fraudsters numbering 1,502 have also been apprehended between January to June 2021and efforts are underway to file about 800 of them. A hundred cases will be filed in court.

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