Allegation of graft imputed to the chairman designate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has drawn the reaction of the commission.
Bawa was named as the successor to embattled Ibrahim Magu and would today face the Senate for confirmation or rejection.
Upon the nomination of the 40-year-old, a fraudulent act while he was heading EFCC in Port Harcourt was imputed to him.
He was accused of diverting 224 trucks seized by the commission allegedly leading to his arrest and removal from the office. On the basis of the alleged crime he was subpoenaed by the Justice Ayo Salami-panel which investigated Magu.
But the EFCC cleared Bawa of any complicity in the trucks diversion in a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren entitled, Abdulrasheed Bawa Has No Corruption Record – EFCC.
Uwujaren wrote, “The commission wishes to state categorically that Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over 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.
“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. 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.”