Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC chairman

EFCC screens non-profit organisations for money laundering, terrorism financing

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, flagged-off a nationwide risk assessment of Non-profit Organizations (NPOs).

The programme entailed the collaboration of the EFCC and the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, and relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the assessment will determine the vulnerabilities of the organizations to money laundering and terrorism financing.

Bawa noted the increase in Non-profit Organization activities in Nigeria especially in the North East, where the country is challenged by a humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram.

He observed that the absence of a unified comprehensive regulatory and supervisory framework for the sector remains a source of worry for the authorities.

This gap and Nigeria’s performance in the last Mutual Evaluation Exercise where the country received a non-compliant rating in FATF’s Recommendation 8.

This requires a review of the adequacy of laws and regulations that relate to Non- profit Organizations), provides the impetus for the NRA

The EFCC boss said that the assessment, apart from ensuring proper classification of the NPOs sector in Nigeria, to identify NPOs that are at risk of money laundering/terrorist financing abuse, will ensure improved compliance with relevant international, regional and domestic laws/regulations.

It will also help in developing mitigating measures for the “at risk and vulnerable NPOs” operation in Nigeria, while enhancing coordination and collaboration between government regulatory/law agencies and the civic space.

Speaking earlier, the Director SCUML Daniel Isei, said the engagement gives the EFCC a robust opportunity to discuss the menace of money laundering and terrorism financing and come up with a comprehensive report to mitigate identified risks.

The Director, International Non-Governmental Organization Forum, INGO Forum, Chiara Crenna, in her remarks, expressed the willingness of INGO in Nigeria to work with SCUML and the EFCC towards the success of the NPO Risk Assessment programme.

Oluseyi Oyebisi, Director of the Nigerian Network of NGOs also pledged the organization’s support to the programme.

He described the programme as the start of an important journey and an example for the rest of Africa, on how regulators and operators can partner in fighting money laundering.

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