- Abdulrasheed Bawa is a Nigerian detective and law enforcement agent who served as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from February 24, 2021, to June 14, 2023
- Bawa was suspended by President Bola Tinubu over allegations of corruption and has since been in detention at the Department of State Services (DSS) headquarters in Abuja
- Since his arrest, the DSS has kept mum on the specific offences for which Bawa was arrested, the level of investigation, and whether charges would be filed against him in court
FCT, Abuja - Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 and 2023 elections, on Friday, August 11, asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to immediately release Abdulrasheed Bawa, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Sowore, who made this demand via his verified Twitter handle, accused the incumbent administration of playing politics with Bawa’s case.
Sowore tells Tinubu to release Bawa
The media entrepreneur-turn politician stated that Nigerian authorities fail to level any charge against Bawa, which “smacks of political persecution”.
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“It is now obvious that suspended Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa of @officialEFCC is now a political detainee, his prolonged detention by the lawless @OfficialDSSNG for such a prolonged period without charges smacks of political persecution.
"@officialABAT must release Bawa without further delay.”
Tinubu under fire over Bawa, Emefiele
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that popular constitutional lawyer Festus Ogun, on Monday, August 7, criticised President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over “the mindless, illegal and continuous detention” of Bawa and Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Recall that on June 10, the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the governor of the apex bank shortly after President Tinubu suspended him from office and ordered a probe of the CBN.
Legit.ng also reported that Bawa is still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Bawa is still being held weeks after he was suspended.
Although officials of the secret police did not officially disclose his offence(s), it was learnt that Bawa is still being grilled over his role in the naira redesign policy of the last administration.