An official reveals that the EFCC is focusing on the real estate sector to tackle money laundering
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the commission is beaming its searchlight on suspected fraudsters using real estate for money laundering.
Chris Mishela, a lawyer with the commission, disclosed this in Benin during a training for journalists on effective reporting of economic and financial crimes.
Michela said one of the training objectives was to keep journalists abreast of the framework of the new anti-money laundering Act 2022 and the role they were expected to play.
“As it is, I am talking about Abuja, you see so many estates coming all over Abuja and more.
“The sources of these funds are unlawful; the funds are illegally gotten either from the government or from the international crime used to launder through estate business. “So, EFCC is actually working to look into that dimension and the new money laundering Act has provided an opening for the government to look into the aspect of real estate as we have seen under the Act.
“Real estate is one of the designated and non-designated professions that are also under our obligation, under the establishment to do a full disclosure.
“It is an investigation that is going on; not that we have identified any specific entity to these proceeds of crime, but we are working to unravel what those areas are,” he said.
The EFCC official, who spelled out the roles and responsibilities that individuals and corporate organizations were expected to play under the new Act, said “It’s now a crime to make cash or receive cash.