The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, recently described the real estate sector as one of the largest corruption processes in the country, adding that 90 to 100 percent of resources are laundered through this sector.
The commission’s Boss said this on Tuesday while on an interview on Sunrise Daily, a programme, on Channels Television.
He said the commission investigated a female minister, who he said, bought $37.5m property from a bank and deposited $20m cash.
Bawa, who is marking his 100 days in office, did not however disclose the identity of the suspect or whether she is a current or former minister.
He said, “One of the problems we have in the country is the real estate. Ninety to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through the 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.
“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 $20m from anyone with opportunity from the real sector; she could not have thought of where to launder the proceeds of crime.”