EFCC backs presidency, says ‘HSBC is synonymous with money laundering’

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken a cue from the presidency, saying HSBC “is synonymous with money laundering”.

The anti-graft agency said HSBC had laundered proceeds of corruption for over 50 Nigerians, including a serving senator.

This follows the presidency’s criticism of HSBC after its recent report that predicted that if President Muhammadu Buhari wins reelection, it would “stunt the economy”.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, had on Saturday criticised the HSBC report, accusing the bank of money laundering and citing the $100 million Abacha loot.

In its own post titled ‘The Story of HSBC’, the EFCC listed similar allegations made by Shehu.

The anti-graft agency said it will not “rest on its oars” until all the funds allegedly in possession of the bank are repatriated back to Nigeria.

“HSBC Bank plc is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa,” the post read.

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“Since inception, HSBC is synonymous with money laundering and has paid billions of US Dollars in fines across the world.

“In Nigeria, the bank laundered more than $100 million for the late dictator, late Gen Sani Abacha in Jersey, Paris, London, Switzerland and Geneva. The Bank is also involved with laundering proceeds of corruption for over 50 Nigerians including a Nigerian serving Senator.

“Part of Abacha Assets yet to be recovered are: $12 million in HSBC Fund Admin Ltd with account number S-104460 in Jersey; $20 million in HSBC Life (Europe) with account number 37060762 in U.K and $1. 6 million in HSBC Bank plc with account number 38175076 in U. K.

“We shall not rest on our oars until every penny belonging to the FRN is repatriated to Nigeria as to improve the lives of the people.”


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