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EFCC Urged To Probe Christian Association of Nigeria
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been called upon to probe organisations and individuals, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, accused of receiving money for political campaigns during the last general elections.
The call was made by the Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Kaduna, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who said any such money collected should be returned to the government.
“Nigerians are aware that many became criminally rich during the last administration. Organisations that have been accused of receiving money for campaigns like the TAN, CAN in particular, and individual office holders should be investigated by the EFCC, and as much of the misappropriated national wealth as possible should be returned for the development of our country,” Fearon said.
Some individuals and organisations, including religious bodies, were accused of collected money as inducement to campaign for former president and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the March presidential election won by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Former governor of Rivers State and director general of APC presidential campaign organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, accused pastors of collecting N6 billion naira to work for Jonathan.
“Some pastors collected N6bn and they are circulating document and telling you not to vote for an Hausa man; not to vote for a Muslim; that they want to Islamise Nigeria,” Amaechi said in February.
Following the allegation, Enoch Adeboye, a pastor and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, called on pastors who allegedly received the money to return it.
“May I humbly request that if there be any pastor(s) who collected such money, they should please return such as quickly as possible before the fire of the almighty consumes you,” Adeboye posted on his Facebook page.