Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has disclosed that serving female minister had once connived with a bank to loot $37m.

Bawa made this known during an interview on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, Daily Dates Nigeria reports.

According to him, real estate is one of the biggest ways through which money is laundered in Nigeria.

He added that about 90 to 100 percent of resources are being laundered through the sector.

He narrated how the commission investigated a female minister whose name was not disclosed, bought $37.5 million property from a bank, and deposited $20 million in cash.


“One of the problems we have in the country is the real estate. 90 to 100 percent of the resources are being laundered through real estate. Of course, they are being regulated but they are not enough in terms of how they give their returns to the Special Control Unit,” Bawa said.

“We investigated a matter in which a bank MD marketed the property to a minister and agreed to purchase it at $37.5million. The bank then sent a vehicle to her house to evacuate $20million from her house in the first instance.

“The bank succeeded to put it in their system and paid the developer and then a lawyer set up a special purpose vehicle where the title documents were transferred into and of course, he is posing as the owner of the house.

“Without the help of the banker, the minister couldn’t have imagined collecting $20million from anyone with opportunity from the real sector; she could not have thought of where to launder the proceeds of crime.”