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From the time I took over, we have recovered over N6 billion, over $161 million, over £13,000- EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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From the time I took over, we have recovered over N6 billion, over $161 million, over £13,000- EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, says the commission has recovered $261 million, N6 billion, and 13,000 pounds illegally acquired by suspected criminals since he assumed office.   Speaking at the presidential media team ministerial briefing at the statehouse Abuja on Thursday, June 18. He said also recovered by the anti-graft agency were 30 real estates, 32 automobiles, a farmland, and other properties acquired by suspected fraudsters.   Bawa added that the commission is set to prosecute 800 cybercrime cases in various courts beginning from next week.   “I have a full breakdown of all funds recovered by the commission from its activities. This is in line with the accountability process of proceeds of fu...
Death Threats Won’t Stop Me, EFCC Will Prosecute Orji Kalu, Others – Bawa
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Death Threats Won’t Stop Me, EFCC Will Prosecute Orji Kalu, Others – Bawa

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said threats to his life won’t stop him from prosecuting many pending cases under trial. Naija News reports that the EFCC chairman stated this Thursday while addressing journalists during the weekly ministerial chat at the State House in Abuja. He revealed that the commission will restart the prosecution of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. 100 days He disclosed that since his first 100 days in office, the anti-graft agency has been working on a number of proactive strategies including a special control unit against money laundering, established particularly to address non-designated financial institutions including car dealers, real estate, jewellery dealers, among others. Th...
EFCC: Identity Of Nigeria’s Female Minister Who Laundered $37m Revealed
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EFCC: Identity Of Nigeria’s Female Minister Who Laundered $37m Revealed

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, had claimed that a female minister laundered $37.5m. Naija News reports that he disclosed this while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a current affairs programme, on Channels Television on Tuesday. Reports have emerged claiming that the EFCC chairman was referring to the former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke. A source in the EFCC told SaharaReporters that it was from Diezani that the commission recovered the $37.5 million real estate property. “The chairman was referring to Diezani. We got the $37.5 million real estate property from her,” a top source said. Recall that Bawa had said the EFCC investigated a female minister, who he said, bought $37.5m property from a bank and depos...
EFCC: How Nigeria’s Female Minister Laundered $37m – Bawa
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EFCC: How Nigeria’s Female Minister Laundered $37m – Bawa

  The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has accused a female minister of laundering $37.5m. Naija News reports that he disclosed this while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a current affairs programme, on Channels Television on Tuesday. Bawa said the EFCC investigated a female minister, who he said, bought $37.5m property from a bank and deposited $20m cash. The commission chairman however did not disclose the identity of the suspect or whether she is a current or former minister. The EFCC boss added that about 90 to 100 percent of resources are being laundered through the real estate sector. Bawa said, “One of the problems we have in the country is the real estate. Ninety to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundere...
I’ve been receiving death threats – EFCC Chairman
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I’ve been receiving death threats – EFCC Chairman

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has said that he's been receiving death threats since he was appointed chairman of the anti-graft agency.   Bawa disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.   He recalled how someone who isn't investigated by the agency, threatened to kill him. The EFCC Chairman said;   “Last week I was in New York. A very senior citizen received a phone call from somebody who is not even under EFCC investigation. What he said to him is that I am going to kill the EFCC boss, the young man. “This to tell you how real corruption can fight back. Yes because if you look at it, almost everywhere there are elements of it (corruption), but I am ve...
INEC Holds Meeting with Security Agencies
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INEC Holds Meeting with Security Agencies

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday May 27, held an emergency meeting on election security with heads of security agencies at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. The meeting was convened after the electoral commission's facilities across the country were attacked. The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser Babagana Mongunu, the Director-General National Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, the acting Inspector General of the Police Alkali Usman. Also in attendance were the representatives of the Chief of Defense Staff, as well as heads of the paramilitaries. The NSA is the co-chair of the INEC inter-agencies elections security Committee.
IGP, EFCC Chairman On Collision Course As Police Withdraw CSPs, Others
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IGP, EFCC Chairman On Collision Course As Police Withdraw CSPs, Others

The acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, may be on a collision course, as the police authorities have directed the withdrawal of its senior officers from the commission starting from Chief Superintendents of Police. The IGP gave the directive in a memo to the EFCC chairman, dated April 15, and obtained by SaharaReporters, while also requesting that the commission provide the police with the list of personnel in its nominal roll and their dates of transfer. The IGP letter reads that the CSPs and other senior police officers hitherto with the EFCC must return to the police headquarters on Wednesday by 10 am for “further instructions.” The IGP's memo written by Acting Commissioner of P...
We Will Take Fight Against Corruption To The Next Level – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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We Will Take Fight Against Corruption To The Next Level – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said he would take fight against corruption to the next level. He said this during his visit to Ibadan and Ilorin offices of the commission. In a statement signed by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity, he quoted the anti corruption boss as saying he would digitalize all the processes of the Commission. During the visit to Ibadan office, he charged the staff of the commission to be hardworking and devoted to work as Nigerians are looking up to them for success in the fight against corruption. According to him, “as the saying goes, the eagle is now in the hands of the EFCC but the mission and the vision of the Commission remain the same. Therefore, I urge you to be com...
EFCC Arrests 400 Yahoo Boys And Girls In 3 Months ― Bawa
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EFCC Arrests 400 Yahoo Boys And Girls In 3 Months ― Bawa

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa today disclosed that the Commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet-related fraud in the first three months of the year. He made the disclosure in his office while receiving a delegation from the University of Abuja led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdulrasheed Na ‘Allah. According to the EFCC Chair, “From January 2021 to date, we have arrested more than 400 Nigerians suspected to be involved in various cybercrime or advanced fee fraud-related offences and that is to tell you how huge the problem is.” He added that “less than 48 hours ago we arrested 18 individuals in Abuja”. Among those arrested, he said, are students of tertiary institutions. While bemoaning the...
I Will Resign if Asked to do Anything Against my Conscience – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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I Will Resign if Asked to do Anything Against my Conscience – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has said that he will resign if he is asked to do anything against his conscience. The 40-year-old EFCC Chairman who said this in an interview on NTA, said he will be guided by the law in all his actions. Bawa also urged Nigerians to stop glorifying corruption and corrupt people in the society. He said in the interview; “We need to change our attitudes in Nigeria. We are in the habit of worshipping people that have money in the society, but never bother to ask questions about their source of income. “In winning the fight against corruption, we are engaging all stakeholders including religious leaders, community leaders and others. “We are going to embark on massive public enlightenment to se...
EFCC To Demand Bankers’ Asset Declaration Forms June 1
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EFCC To Demand Bankers’ Asset Declaration Forms June 1

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Tuesday said the commission will from June 1 be demanding the asset declaration forms of bankers. He said the decision was in line with the provisions of the Bank, Employees Declaration of Asset Act. Bawa disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The EFCC boss said he was working hard towards creating a new commission that will be different in the way it handles cases. He said he would do his job to ensure that Nigeria is free of financial crimes. He said, “We understood that at the tail end of every financial crime, it is for the criminal to have access to the funds that he or she has ...
EFCC Boss, Bawa Testifies In ₦1.4 Billion Oil Subsidy Fraud Trial
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EFCC Boss, Bawa Testifies In ₦1.4 Billion Oil Subsidy Fraud Trial

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja High Court to give evidence in a N1.4 billion fraud trial involving an oil company, Nadabo Energy. Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Saidu Ateh before Justice C. A. Align, the EFCC boss analysed the email correspondences of the defendant. He said investigation revealed that the defendants, contrary to their claims took about 6 million litres PMS from the mother vessel to their chartered vessel. He said the email further confirmed that the same quantity was discharged at Port-Harcourt. "In addition, the email also informed us that one Mr Jide Akpan was the agent of the vessel. "We invited the said Akpan and during the course of our interrogatio...
Malami To Pursue 2023 Presidential Ambition With Firm Control Of EFCC Fund – SR
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Malami To Pursue 2023 Presidential Ambition With Firm Control Of EFCC Fund – SR

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has begun moves to take a shot at the 2023 presidency, SaharaReporters has learnt. Malami's bid, it was further gathered, will rely heavily on funds in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the care of the new chairmanship. SaharaReporters learnt that Malami, who has the new EFCC Chairman, 40-year-old Abdulrasheed Bawa, in his pocket, has shelved his earlier ambition of contesting the Kebbi State governorship election and is rather eyeing the Presidency. It was gathered that Malami would use his influence in the Presidency to attempt to change the permutations in the All Progressives Congress or rather look for another party as cover to pursue his ambition. “The AGF has upgraded to...
EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere
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EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday said it will not meddle in the plans by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary in a chat with Daily Independent said Afenifere’s focus now is lasting solution to the siege on Yorubaland by Fulani herders and bandits. An online news medium, Peoples Gazette had reported that The EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB), requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form. A copy of the letter revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairma...
EFCC asks CCB to produce Tinubu’s asset declaration form as probe deepens
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EFCC asks CCB to produce Tinubu’s asset declaration form as probe deepens

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission probe of All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Bola Tinubu has taken a different turn as the anti-graft agency has asked for copies of the former Governor of Lagos state asset declaration form from the Code of Conduct Bureau.   The Peoples Gazette had first reported that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.   The letter marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020 and addressed to the Code of Conduct Bureau, was signed by the then Lagos zonal head, Abdulrasheed Bawa who is now the Chairman of the EFCC.   It read;    “In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish the commission with the outstanding requested information ...
EFCC Goes After Bola Tinubu, Writes CCB For Assets Documents
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EFCC Goes After Bola Tinubu, Writes CCB For Assets Documents

The EFCC has requested Bola Tinubu’s asset declaration documents from the Code of Conduct Bureau, in a politically-charged inquiry that could see the former Lagos governor and ruling party chieftain arrested and prosecuted before 2023. The anti-graft office in November 2020 asked the asset fraud investigation office to supply details of Mr. Tinubu’s asset documents as part of an ongoing probe of the politician, according to a copy of the request obtained by the Gazette. The request, dated November 6, was a follow-up to previous demands made with respect to Mr. Tinubu’s asset filings. In the letter, the EFCC referred to its previous letter of September 4, 2020, and CCB’s response of October 9, 2020, asking the bureau to supply “outstanding requested information of Bola Ahmed Adeku...
PDP Promises To Provide Guidance, Set Agenda For EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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PDP Promises To Provide Guidance, Set Agenda For EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said it would soon set an agenda for Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary in a chat with Daily Independent also said the party will give the new chairman time to function in office and even provide guidance for him. While saying the vision of the EFCC lies with the PDP as the political party that formed the anti-graft commission, Ologbondiyan said the PDP will not criticise the new EFCC chairman but will give him time to prove his capability in his new position. “For us in the PDP, ours is to set an agenda for the chairman. The chairman has a responsibility to our nation and to himself. We will allow him to function and...
President Buhari Meets Abdulrasheed Bawa, New EFCC Chairman In Aso Villa
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President Buhari Meets Abdulrasheed Bawa, New EFCC Chairman In Aso Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday. Though details of the closed-door meeting have not been revealed, photos from the meeting were shared on the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian Government. “President @MBuhari received in audience the newly appointed @officialEFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa at the State House, Abuja,” the photos were captioned.
Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay
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Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay

Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), says he is worried that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, may interfere in the duties of Abdulrasheed Bawa, newly-appointed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The senate on Tuesday, confirmed Bawa as substantive chairman of the EFCC after screening him for over two hours. In an interview with The PUNCH, Sagay who described Malami as a politician said the power of the AGF must be checked so as not to control the activities of the anti-graft agency. He faulted the fact that Malami and Bawa come from the same state, adding that both might even be related. “This issue is a very big question because I noticed that they both come from the same s...
New EFCC Boss Vows To Repatriate Looted Funds
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New EFCC Boss Vows To Repatriate Looted Funds

The Chairmanship nominee of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has vowed to repatriate all looted assets stashed in foreign countries. He made the pledge on Wednesday during his screening as chairman of the Commission at the Senate plenary. He said he was aware of the enormity of the tasks as head of the anti-graft agency and pledged to discharge them with all sense of responsibility. “My priority, if confirmed by the Senate, will be to repatriate all our stolen assets for the betterment of all Nigerians,” he said. Bawa said his appointment had renewed the hope of many young Nigerians in the country and vowed to give them good representation so that more youths will get the opportunities to serve the country in different capacities.
CACOL Kicks As EFCC Promotes New Chairman Ahead Of Senate Screening
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CACOL Kicks As EFCC Promotes New Chairman Ahead Of Senate Screening

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has faulted the hurried promotion of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is set to face Senate screening soon. The Executive Director of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, expressed his view during an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday. Bawa, who was appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on February 16, 2021, was on Grade Level 13 and a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent. However, a lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, subsequently filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation of Bawa. The lawyer argued that Bawa was not qualified based on Section 2 of the EFCC Act which states that a person who will be appoint...
EFCC: Abdulrasheed Bawa Promoted To Level 14 Ahead Of Senate Screening
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EFCC: Abdulrasheed Bawa Promoted To Level 14 Ahead Of Senate Screening

The new acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Detective Superintendent ahead of his Senate screening. The move comes amid a lawsuit challenging Bawa’s qualification for the job. Section 2 of the EFCC Act states that a person who will be appointed as chairman of the commission must have at least 15 years experience and must be the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent. Bawa, who was appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on February 16, 2021, was on Grade Level 13 and a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent. A lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, subsequently filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation o...
‘Justice Has Not Been Served’ – Magu’s Lawyer Reacts To Bawa’s Appointment
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‘Justice Has Not Been Served’ – Magu’s Lawyer Reacts To Bawa’s Appointment

A counsel to embattled former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tosin Ojaomo on Tuesday lamented that justice has not been served on Ibrahim Magu’s case. Ojaomo stated this during an interview on Channels TV – ‘Politics Today’ monitored by The Nation. The Nation reports the Ayo Salami-led presidential panel was commissioned to investigate the suspended acting chairperson of the anti-graft agency. He said: “Suddenly, no report came out, and another appointment was made… Justice has clearly not been done in this matter, to Magu, we are talking about people’s integrity, reputational damage has been done to people. “It is not just about Magu alone, there are other people at the commission that have been suspended, all these people, their int...
EFCC Dismisses Corruption Allegation Against Abdulrasheed Bawa
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EFCC Dismisses Corruption Allegation Against Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday absolved its new Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of corruption allegations levelled against him. Hours after his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as the EFCC chairman on Tuesday, reports of his involvement in corruption surfaced But the commission defended him, saying he had no corruption record. Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to reports that Bawa was arrested and removed from his position as Port Harcourt zonal head of the commission for allegedly diverting 224 forfeited trucks. The diversion of 224 forfeited trucks was one of the allegations levelled against Magu which was brought up before the Salami-led panel. Bawa was also said to have a...
Buhari Names Abdulrasheed Bawa To Replace Magu As EFCC Chairman
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Buhari Names Abdulrasheed Bawa To Replace Magu As EFCC Chairman

President @MBuhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of @officialEFCC. 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 degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

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