The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has countered the report alleging that the Commission’s Chairman-designate, Mr Adulrasheed Bawa was arrested and detained by the Agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
Earlier, an online media outlet, Peoples Gazette had reported that the EFCC arrested Bawa over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.
The publication claimed that the suspended Secretary to the Commission, Ola Olukoyede uncovered the illegal sale leading to Bawa’s detention and subsequent redeployment to the EFCC Academy, Abuja.
Meanwhile, Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity, the Commission said Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over any assets’ sale.
Allegation Against Abdulrasheed Bawa
According to Uwajaren, Bawa’s responsibilities did not include the sale of assets as the Zonal Head of the Port Harcourt Office of the Commission in 2019.
He added that finally forfeited trucks in the Port Harcourt Zonal Office were conducted after the exit of Bawa as Zonal Head.
However, the EFCC urged the public to disregard the false publication, which mischief-makers sponsored to impugn the EFCC Chairman-designate’s integrity.
Everyevery .ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.
In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the President asked the National Assembly to confirm Bawa’s appointment.
According to the Presidency, Bawa is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in investigating and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.