The Economic and Financials Crime Commission (EFCC) has denied corruption allegation labelled against its new Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.
Bawa, who was appointed chairman of EFCC by President Muhammadu Buhari was accused of engaging in corrupt practices by an online publication, Peoples Gazette.
The publication alleged that Bawa was arrested and detained by former EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu, for illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks while he was the Zonal Head of the Port Harcourt Office of the Commission in 2019.
In a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren Head, Media & Publicity of the commission, the EFCC explained that Bawa was never arrested or detained over sale of any assets.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report by an online publication, Peoples Gazette, alleging that Mr. Adulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman-designate of the Commission, was arrested and detained by the Agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.
“The publication claims that the illegal sale was uncovered by the suspended Secretary to the Commission, Ola Olukoyede, who alerted the former chairman, Ibrahim Magu, leading to Bawa’s detention and subsequent redeployment to the EFCC Academy, Abuja.
“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-fledge Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which remit such matters reside.
“For the avoidance of doubt, 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.”