Senate Confirms Bawa As EFCC Chairman

EFCC Chairman BAWA
EFCC Chairman BAWA
EFCC Chairman BAWA
EFCC Chairman BAWA

The Senate, on Monday, confirmed nomination of AbdulRasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

No fewer than 18 senators took their turns to interrogate Bawa for hours that the screening and confirmation lasted.

With his confirmation, Bawa became the fifth person to head the anti-graft agency, which came into existence in 2003.

During questions and answers session, the new EFCC chairman said the commission would review its use of police officers in its operations. “The use of policemen and officers will be based on needs.”

According to Bawa, repatriation of wealth stolen and kept abroad would be the main focus of the EFCC under his watch and the agency would improve on its use of “Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) “ policy to check against corrupt practices.

On Senator Ali Ndume’s question on whether EFCC would continue to use the UWO despite the fact that Nigeria is yet to domesticate it, Bawa informed the Senate that section 7 (1) of the EFCC Act empowers the commission to investigate and even prosecute people based on the UWO.

The new EFCC boss pledged to ensure that the use of discretion is avoided, promising to act strictly in accordance with the EFCC Act. On alleged using of the EFCC to witch-hunt political opponents, Bawa said: “We are going to fight corruption and not people. There is a difference between fighting corruption and fighting corrupt people.”

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