Nigeria

Group drums support for EFCC chairmanship-nominee

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tuesday night denied reports that the Chairman-designate, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was arrested and detained by the agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks.

The Coalition for Probity and Accountability in Nigeria (CPAN) has commended President Muhammad Buhari for the nomination of Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa as new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

National Coordinator of the coalition, Segun Ayomide Ola, told newsmen today, “We are now convinced that President Buhari is serious about fighting corruption in the country by bringing a competent person to head the anti-graft agency.”

The coalition said many Nigerians, including elders from three geopolitical zones, have expressed support for the appointment of Bawa to head the agency.

The group also described Bawa as a man of proven integrity whose record earned him the chief boss of the anti-graft agency.

CPAN said: “We are optimistic that the new Chairman will restore the lost integrity of the agency by ensuring that the integrity of the agency will soon be commended by people.

“The coalition group demanded that the anti-corruption fight ‘should be total and not selective,’ while discouraging the use of plea bargains to settle corruption charges.”

The coalition further said that “The new Chairman has been a man of integrity whom all will be proud of in the country and hope for urgent steps to redress the ‘lopsidedness’ in the handling of corruption cases.

“The appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa was done based on fairness with a view to ensure equity and justice.”

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Giving an insight into the nominated EFCC Chairman’s background, the government said, Bawa, 40, was a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

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