EFCC chairman speaks on court ruling that sent him to Kuje prison

Our reporter| The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has appealed the court ruling sending him to the Kuje Correctional Centre for contempt.

Justice Chizoba Oji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court convicted Bawa in relation to his agency’s failure to comply with an earlier order of the court.

In her ruling on Tuesday, Justice Oji held that the anti-graft czar is in contempt of the order of the court made on November 21, 2018, directing the commission to return to an applicant, his Range Rover (super charge) and the sum of N40 million.

The judge further directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to ensure that the order of this court is executed forthwith.

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Reacting to the judgement in a chat with reporters, Bawa said an appeal had been filed.

42-year-old Bawa who appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption to defend his agency’s budget said the law would take its natural course.

“Well, we have appealed against it, so we will allow the natural course of law to take its effect,” Bawa said.

Bawa stated that the commission requested more funding for its Academy and the agency’s operations which he said requires money.

The EFCC boss is confident that the 9th National Assembly, which he described as purposeful, would heed the request.

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