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Buhari appoints 40 year old Abdulrasheed Bawa as new EFCC Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed young Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This was contained in a statement by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Tuesday.

According to Adesina,  the appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.

“Bawa, 40, 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 specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. Bawa holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy,” the statement read.

Before Abdulrasheed’s appointment, Mohammed Umar, a Director of the anti-graft agency has been leading the commission in acting capacity since the exit of Ibrahim Magu in July.

Magu, a Commissioner of Police, was suspended from office following allegations bordering on abuse of office and corruption levelled against him.

For the first time since the establishment of the EFCC,  the chairman of the agency is emerging from the trained cadets of the commission.


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