The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted claims that the body’s newly appointed substantive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was arrested and detained for corruption-related purposes.
The anti-graft agency maintained that contrary to the viral reports, the commission’s Chairman-designate was never arrested and detained by the agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.
The commission clarified that the reports that the illegal truck sale by Bawa was uncovered by the suspended Secretary to the Commission, Ola Olukoyede, and that the action led to the new agency’s boss redeployment to the EFCC Academy, Abuja, was false.
Through a statement on Wednesday, the commission noted that Bawa’s role does not include spearheading assets sale and that the reports remained handiwork of mischief-makers seeking to tarnish the image of the anti-graft agency.
“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-fledged Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which remit such matters reside.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the 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.