Abdulrasheed Bawa: Anxiety as EFCC speaks on corruption allegation against Magu's successor

Abdulrasheed Bawa: Anxiety as EFCC speaks on corruption allegation against Magu's successor

- EFCC has put forward a solid defence over accusations of graft against Abdulrasheed Bawa

- The newly appointed anti-corruption czar was said to have allegedly diverted 224 forfeited trucks

- In a statement on Tuesday, EFCC described the allegation as "illogical" and maintained that Bawa has no corruption record

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With corruption allegation ushering in a new leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti-graft body has defended its newly appointed head, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

In a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission absolved Bawa of any wrongdoing, adding that the new anti-graft czar has no corruption record.

Legit.ng recalls that 40-year-old Bawa's name was sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari for approval as the new EFCC boss.

Abdulrasheed Bawa: Anxiety as EFCC speaks on corruption allegation against Magu's successor
EFCC said Abdulrasheed Bawa has no record of corruption. Credit: @johnnysleek @officialEFCC
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Bawa's appointment, however, raised a speck of dust as he was alleged to have diverted 224 forfeited trucks, resulting in his arrest and purported removal as Port Harcourt zonal head of the body by his former boss Ibrahim Magu.

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But in a swift reaction, Uwujaren described as "illogical" the reports that Bawa was caught in the hook of corruption and was made to face a disciplinary panel, The Punch reports.

The statement read:

“As zonal head of the Port Harcourt office of the commission in 2019, Bawa’s responsibilities did not include the sale of assets...
“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."

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Meanwhile, a group, Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum has commended President Buhari over the nomination of Bawa, as the new helmsman of the EFCC.

By the appointment, the 40-year-old becomes the youngest person to chair the commission since its inception in 2003.

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Also, for the first time since the establishment of the EFCC, the chairman of the agency is emerging from the trained cadets of the commission.


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