It is no longer news that Abdulrasheed Bawa is on his way to becoming the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC as nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari, pending the Senate’s approval.
This relatively unknown young man appears to be the perfect match for the country’s fight against corruption, both in the low and high places, going by his antecedents.
This was contained in a letter by President Buhari on Tuesday, February 16th to the Upper Chamber of the House of Assembly, as a matter of constitutional urgency, to confirm Bawa in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part 1, CAP E 1 of the EFCC Act 2004.
A lot of controversies have surrounded the office of the anti-graft agency over various tenures, from preferential treatment to not following due process, unfair judgment in its investigations, cherry-picking who to take to the slaughter, and the likes. That seems to be the very ‘vices’ Bawa has come to nip in the bud.
For the first time in history, after so much drama surrounding the sack of the immediate past chairman, Ibrahim Magu, an officer who rose through the cadet of the agency is going to be leading the war against corruption, this is vital as he already knows and understands the terrains, which is going to be key in its leadership operating style going forward.
So, age and youthfulness are not just the things that stand Bawa out in this highly revered position. Bawa who rose from the pioneer cadet of the Commission is a maven when it comes to financial crimes investigations, having gone through several pieces of training in the agency institution in addition to his Degrees in Economics, Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy while currently pursuing another degree in Law.
Those who know him well tell tales of his bravery, dedication, fairness, and balance in his investigation expertise and well known for seeing through any case he hits with his teeth. His thorough stand for the truth, interest in hearing both sides before taking a stand are some of the features that distinguish him in his wealth of experience in the institution. The 40-year-old was the brave brain behind the famous Deziani crude oil swap, Atlantic Energy, and petroleum subsidy fraud investigations by the country’s formidable anti-corruption institution, recovering millions of dollars worth of properties in the UK, Switzerland, U.K., U.A.E., U.S.A., Canada including 92 of such assets in Nigeria and billions of naira, prosecuting many companies.
The former Ibadan-zonal head of the EFCC was said to have run the notorious yahoo boys in the area out of town, before moving to Port Harcourt to wage war against oil bunkers. He has also been part of the prosecution of advance fee fraud, bank fraud, official corruption, money laundering, and other economic and financial-related crimes.
Bawa who has been in the anti-corruption fight for about 17 years now is also said to be putting to bed the impression that some people are untouchables as he is said to be taking the war to the house of ‘the bouillon chief’, former governor of Lagos and a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is also chesting the investigations against the former governor of Niger State, Muazu Babaginda Aliyu, who is currently facing trial.
Prior to his appointment, Bawa who is the youngest ever to lead the EFFC, the Commission has been without a substantive chairman since Ibrahim Lamorde in 2015. The Immediate past chairman, Ibrahim Magu operated in an acting capacity from 2015 to 2020, after the Senate failed to confirm him and was later removed in controversial circumstances
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Insecurity: How Abdulrazaq Unifies Diversity To Drive Harmony
Special Assistant on Security to the Kwara State Governor, Honourable Moshood Gobir, in a session with NAOSRE’s Rowland ‘Shuwa, explains governor Abdulrazaq’s intelligent unification of ethnic diversity in Kwara to achieve harmony
Amid the security challenges ravaging the country and the seeming helplessness of the Chief Security Officers of each state of the federation, the Special Assistant on Security to the Kwara State Governor, Hon. Moshood Gobir, has described Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as the most proactive governor on security matters in the North central Nigeria.
In a press release personally signed by Hon. Gobir and made available to National Association of Online Security Reporters, (NAOSRE), Kwara state chapter, the Special Assistant on Security lauded the leadership qualities of the state governor especially in the area of security.
He said, “Nigeria is presently facing serious security challenges on all fronts ranging from Boko Haram menace in the northeastern states to the cattle rustling and banditry in the north central states and the horror of herdsmen kidnapping in the southwest, but as the Special Assistant on Security to His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State, I make bold to say that Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is the most proactive Governor on security matters in the whole of north central states and one of the best in this regard in the whole country. His efforts have ensured that Kwara State indeed remains the State of Harmony.
“Just yesterday, (Monday) there was a serious high level security meeting at the instance of His Excellency, where all the stakeholders in security affairs in the state were present. Issues like how to make “Operation Harmony” joint taskforce more effective and efficient day and night, and other sundry efforts that will ensure that Kwara State continues to enjoy the peaceful status quo for which we are widely known were discussed.”
He stressed that all and sundry can see and feel the impact of the Governor’s commitment to security in Kwara state and urged all Kwarans and residents of Kwara to join hands and compliment the efforts of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq by being law abiding at all times in order for Kwara State to live up to its repute as the State of Harmony.
Hon. Gobir however, warned trouble makers and criminally minded individuals to steer clear of Kwara State as all the security agencies in the state are at alert to respond adequately and appropriately to any attempt to breach the security of lives and properties of Kwara residents.
He further stressed that Ignorance of the law is not a tenable excuse where the security of the people is being infringed upon.
The Governor’s aide also commended all the security agencies in the state for the cooperation enjoyed so far in the efforts at securing lives and properties of Kwara residents.
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