Abdulrasheed Bawa was never arrested for criminal corruption – EFCC says

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clarified the alleged reports that its proposed chairman has once been arrested and detained for criminal corruption and theft of forfeited assets.

An online publication had alleged that Abdulrasheed Bawa was arrested and detained by former EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, for auctioning 244 trucks forfeited to the agency in Port Harcourt.

Reacting to the report, the anti-graft agency through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday, stated that the alleged reports of Abdulrasheed Bawa’s corruption are not true.

The EFCC statement described the corruption allegations against Abdulrasheed Bawa as “illogical”.

A part of the EFCC statement reads:

“The Commission wishes to state categorically that, Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over the sale of any assets. As Zonal Head of the Port Harcourt Office of the Commission in 2019, Bawa’s responsibilities did not include the sale of assets as the Commission has a full-fledged Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which remit such matters reside.”

Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, 40, is currently the head of the EFCC zonal office in Lagos.

He was nominated on Tuesday, February 16, by President Muhammadu Buhari for the senate to confirm him as the next chairman of the EFCC.

If confirmed, Abdulrasheed Bawa, a native of Jega, in Kebbi State, will become the youngest person to head the anti-graft agency.

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