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Publish sponsors of terrorism – Sharia Council to EFCC

The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) has called on the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ola Olukayode, to release the identity of the religious body allegedly sponsoring terrorism in the country.

In a statement signed by the President of the council, Sheikh AbdulRasheed Hadiyatullah, and the Secretary-General, Malam Nafi’u Baba Ahmed, yesterday, the council charged the EFCC not to hesitate to disclose the name of the religious group affiliated with criminals.

“Regarding the disclosure by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), about religious groups sponsoring insurgency in Nigeria, the Council demands the Commission to disclose the identity of the religious body allegedly sponsoring terrorism/insurgency with N7 billion out of N13 billion traced to its account.

“This revelation has sent shockwaves across the nation, raising concerns about potential fund misuse for activities threatening Nigeria’s peace and security,” it said.

The council said the matter is of grave concern therefore the EFCC must immediately release the names of those found guilty of ruining the security of the country.

“Accordingly, we urgently call upon the EFCC to publish the list of all sponsors involved in criminal activities. The alleged disclosure of N7 billion linked to a religious group’s account is a matter of grave concern, and citizens demand proper legal action against sponsors and those found complicit in financing activities undermining the nation’s security.

“We further call on the EFCC to expedite the release of the list of sponsors and collaborate with relevant authorities to ensure prompt legal actions are taken,” the council said.

The SCSN also expressed concerns over the lack of fairness and inclusiveness in the security committee constituted by the Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang.

“In light of the recent letter released by the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State on January 29th, 2024, addressing the ongoing crises that have claimed numerous lives and caused extensive property damage in the state, we express our deep outrage at the gross insensitivity over the constitution of the security committee by the State Governor.

“The composition of the committee has raised serious questions about fairness and inclusivity, since the entire members of committee are Christians, expected to superintend over a lingering religious crisis,” it declared.

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