The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday released a statement to counter and debunk People’s Gazzette reports about Abdulrasheed Bawa corruption record with the commission.
It was gathered that the famous online blog, People’s Gazzette had published that Abdulrasheed Bawa was once arrested by the former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.
Does making Bawa reputation tainted with corruption as he is currently the acting Chairman of the commission and in view to become the successor of Ibrahim Magu upon appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to The Nation, Bawa, if cleared, will be the first EFCC’s Cadet to head the commission. He will replace suspended Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu. He is a Course One EFCC Cadet product, one of the detectives tagged Nuhu Ribadu boys.
Read the EFCC statement below
Abdulrasheed Bawa Has No Corruption Record – EFCC
The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report by an online publication, Peoples Gazette,.alleging that Mr Adulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman-designate of the Commission, was arrested and detained by the Agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.
The publication claims that the illegal sale was uncovered by the suspended Secretary to the Commission, Ola Olukoyede, who alerted the former chairman, Ibrahim Magu, leading to Bawa’s detention and subsequent redeployment to the EFCC Academy, Abuja.
The Commission wishes to state categorically that, Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over the sale of any assets.
As Zonal Head of the Port Harcourt Office of the Commission in 2019, Bawa’s responsibilities did not include the sale of assets as the Commission has a full-fledged Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which remit such matters reside.
For the avoidance of doubt, disposal of finally forfeited trucks in the Port Harcourt Zonal Office through a public auction was conducted after the exit of Bawa as Zonal Head. It is therefore illogical for him to have been indicted over an auction that was not superintended by him
The auction of trucks at the Port Harcourt Office was among the issues examined by the Justice Ayo Salami Panel, leading to the suspension of some officers of the Commission.
The Commission, therefore, enjoins the public to disregard the false publication which is believed to be sponsored by mischief makers to impugn the integrity of the EFCC Chairman-designate.
Head, Media & Publicity
16 February 2021
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