- Abdulrasheed Bawa has reacted to the allegation of selling an impounded property in the EFCC's custody
- Bawa denied the claim, insisting that the property in question was actually disposed off
- The nominee also boasted that while in the Port Harcourt zonal office, he increased the number of conviction from 34 to 216
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Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, February 24, denied selling seized property in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bawa said this while he was being screened by the Senate committee on the floor of the upper chamber, Punch reports.
According to the nominee, the said property in the agency's Port Harcourt zonal office was properly disposed off by personnel.
He also cited some provisions of the EFCC's act as his bases for claiming to deserve the new office.
A report by The Cable quotes Bawa as saying:
“I never sold a single truck at the Port Harcourt office; the head office handled that at the time,” the nominee told the senate.
“When I took over the Port Harcourt office, they had 34 convictions but when I got there, we recorded 216 convictions.
“Anybody that is familiar with the processes of the EFCC knows that the chairman doesn’t have the power to sell an asset but the secretary of the agency.”
Earlier, Bawa appeared before the Senate for screening. He faced the hot seat and went through a series of questions from a special committee set up by the upper chamber on Wednesday, February 24.
The committee was to quiz the nominee on his new role. He was reportedly led into the Senate chamber by Senator Babajide Omoworare, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters.
In his speech before the commencement of the exercise, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said:
“This is very important for us and this country. For over six years, the EFCC has been presided over by an acting chairman.
“This exercise is to ensure that the commission has a substantive chairman.”
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