After months of controversies and drama, bringing to an inglorious end the tenure of Ibrahim Magu, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally handed Abdulrasheed Bawa the baton as the new anti-corruption sheriff in town.
In a letter directed to the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, February 16, President Buhari directed the upper chamber, as a matter of constitutional urgency, to confirm Bawa, saying he is "acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004."
As the country awaits the new poster boy of the country's most formidable anti-corruption institution, Legit.ng outlines five facts about the new EFCC czar.
According to a statement by the presidency on Tuesday, the incoming EFCC boss Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics.
He also holds a Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
2. Career as EFCC investigator
Bawa is an intrepid investigator for the EFCC.
He boasts a "vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes."
Impressively, he is one of the pioneer EFCC cadet officers since 2005. He is currently the Lagos zonal head of the anti-graft agency.
3. Just 40 years
If eventually confirmed as the substantive chairman of the EFCC by the Senate, Bawa will go down in history as the most " youthful" man to head the anti-corruption commission.
4. Professional exposure
Bawa boasts of experience and confidence as seen in his intimidating CV. He is a young investigator who has had training in many countries including the US and UK.
5. Malami's cousin?
Bawa is said to be a cousin to the minister of justice and attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, though the truth behind this claim has not been established.
Legit.ng recalls that Muhammed Umar took over the affairs of the agency pending the conclusion of the investigation into allegations made against Ibrahim Magu.
President Buhari on Friday, July 10, appointed Umar to take over the chairmanship of the anti-graft agency in an acting capacity.
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