Updated: Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC chairman

The constitution will guide my actions if confirmed as EFCC chairman, Bawa tells Senate

By our reporter| The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination for the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC.

Bawa’s confirmation followed his screening by senators at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

The 40-year-old Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist is now first the first core EFCC official and non-police officer to head the agency.

Bawa also became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

Bawa earlier on Wednesday told the Senate that the constitution of the country will guide his actions should he be confirmed as EFCC Chairman.

Bawa who stated this when he appeared before the Senate for screening, promised to leave the EFCC in a better place than he met it at the end of his tenure, and pledged to repatriate all stolen assets for the benefit of Nigerians.

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“We need to repatriate all our stolen assets for the benefit of Nigerians”, he said.

The forty-year-old nominee who has worked with the anti-graft agency for 16 years and is a Certified fraud examiner and anti-money laundering expert, was accompanied into the Senate Chambers by his family members and political associates.

Abdulrasheed Bawa graduated from the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (Second Class Upper) in 2001.

Bawa, who joined the EFCC as an Assistant Detective Superintendent (ADS) in 2004, also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy which he obtained from the same university in 2012.

He was part of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers, course one, 2005.

He rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Chief Detective Superindent (DCDS), a position he has been holding since 2016 up till the time of his nomination as the anti-graft agency’s substantive chairman.

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If confirmed, he will take over from Mohammed Umar, who has been in an acting capacity since July 2020 after the suspension of Ibrahim Magu over allegations of gross misconduct.

President Muhammadu Buhari on February 16, asked the Senate to confirm Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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