The economy and financial crime commission EFCC has totally condemn the allegation of corruption raised the new chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa
Few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari announced the Nomination of New EFCC chairman through a statement read by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina on Tuesday February 16, there have been report of the new chairman involved in corruption which led to his removal of his position when he was Port Harcourt zonal head of commission
Also the report of him to have arrested and appeared before the panel created to investigate the issue of diverting 224 forfeit truck and auction of the assets which he denied that time and said the supervision was carried out by another department
while reacting to reports, spokesperson of EFCC, Mr. Mr Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement on Tuesday titled Abdulrasheed Bawa Has No Corruption Record
The statement read as:
“The commission wishes to state categorically that Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over 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.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the disposal of finally forfeited trucks in the Port Harcourt zonal office through public auction, was conducted after the exit of Bawa as zonal head. It is therefore illogical for him to have been indicted over an auction that was not superintended by him.
“The auction of trucks at the Port Harcourt Office was among the issues examined by the Justice Ayo Salami Panel, leading to the suspension of some officers of the commission. The commission, therefore, enjoins the public to disregard the false publication which is believed to be sponsored by mischief makers to impugn the integrity of the EFCC chairman-designate.”
Abdulrasheed Bawa, 40-year-old man who joined the EFCC in 2005 and who currently serves as the Head of the Lagos EFCC zonal office was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to succeeded Ibrahim Magu, who was suspended in July 2020 when the President set up a panel led by Justice Ayo Salami (retd.) to investigate allegations of corruptions against him