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Nigeria Senate Confirms Bawa As New EFCC Chairman

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Abdulrasheed Bawa
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Ijeoma Okeke

Nigeria Senate on Wednesday after a two hour session at plenary has confirmed 40-year-old Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The session was presided by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the confirmation was done after a screening which lasted for over two hours.

The screening comes one week after President Muhammadu Buhari conveyed a letter to the Senate seeking Mr Bawa’s confirmation as the EFCC boss.

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The president, in the letter, communicated his decision to appoint the 40-year-old. The appointment, he said, is in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.

The president’s media aide, Femi Adesina, who made the first announcement on February 16, said the nominee is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of advance fee fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

“He has undergone several specialised training in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. He holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy,” Mr Adesina said.

Bawa, who is 40 years old, is one of the pioneer EFCC cadet officers. Before his appointment was the Lagos zonal head of the anti-graft agency.

He was grilled with about 15 lawmakers asking him various questions. The questions ranged from his past experiences, his relationship with his predecessors as well as his plans for the new position he has been appointed for.

During the exercise, he denied the allegation of selling recovered properties while heading the EFCC’s Port Harcourt office and said he has a good relationship with his predecessors.

According to the deputy president of the senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Bawa’s nomination “has generated hope” for the youth.

“Ordinarily I’d have pleaded for him to take a bow but let him further showcase himself. This nomination has generated hope,” Omo-Agege said.

“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for this nomination. This is the first time we are sticking within the EFCC to govern this institution.”

Also, Bawa said his nomination has given hope to Nigerian youths

“I’m not unaware, my nomination has caused a lot of hope for the teeming youth. I’m going to give them good representation,” he said.

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