The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday absolved its new Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of corruption allegations levelled in opposition to him.
Hours after his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari because the EFCC chairman on Tuesday, studies of his involvement in corruption surfaced
But the fee defended him, saying he had no corruption report.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, stated this in a press release on Tuesday whereas reacting to studies that Bawa was arrested and faraway from his place as Port Harcourt zonal head of the fee for allegedly diverting 224 forfeited vehicles.
The diversion of 224 forfeited vehicles was one of many allegations levelled in opposition to Magu which was introduced up earlier than the Salami-led panel.
Bawa was additionally stated to have appeared earlier than the panel over the problem however stated he had no hand within the bidding sale of the belongings because it was supervised by a unique division.
The EFCC, in a press release titled, ‘Abdulrasheed Bawa Has No Corruption Record – EFCC’ stated it “needs to state categorically that Mr Bawa was by no means arrested or detained over sale of any belongings.
“As zonal head of the Port Harcourt workplace of the fee in 2019, Bawa’s duties didn’t embrace the sale of belongings because the fee has a full-fledged Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which remit such issues.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the disposal of lastly forfeited vehicles within the Port Harcourt zonal workplace by public bidding sale, was carried out after the exit of Bawa as zonal head. It is due to this fact illogical for him to have been indicted over an bidding sale 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.”
Bawa succeeded Ibrahim Magu, who was suspended in July 2020 when the President arrange a panel led by Justice Ayo Salami to analyze allegations of corruptions in opposition to him.
Dateline Nigeria studies that Mr. Bawa joined the EFCC in 2005 and at present serves because the Head of the Lagos EFCC zonal workplace. He nonetheless has multiple officers senior to him, most of whom are policemen together with the present performing Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Umar Mohammed, who’s 55 years outdated.
Bawa’s appointment it was learnt was based mostly on the Salami panel advice.