he Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Mr Bawa was asked to take a bow and go after he mesmerized the Senate with his credentials and provided answers to pertinent questions required for his confirmation.
Recall President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the EFCC to allow for unhindered inquiry by a presidential investigation panel under the tribunals of inquiry act and other relevant laws.
He then approved the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar to take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the investigation and further directives in that regard.
However, while Nigerians await the outcome of the investigation, Buhari nominated Mr Bawa as substantive Chairman of the EFCC in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of the EFCC Act 2004.
Upon Bawa’s arrival at the Senate for screening, the Senate resolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider the Executive Communication of Buhari for the confirmation of Bawa.
Bawa introduced himself and read his biodata to the Senate, bragging to have been trained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Crime Agency of the United States and the United Kingdom respectively.
He went further to say that he is going to prove his onus by delivering, in order to give young people a very good representation so that more young people can be given more responsibilities.
He harped on the need to repatriate all stolen assets back to the country for the benefit and betterment of all Nigerians.
“I hold a B.Sc and M.Sc from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State. I am a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
“I have also been trained by the FBI and the National Crime Agency of the United States and United Kingdom respectively.
“I joined the EFCC in 2014, and was trained in the Act Of Law Enforcement And Financial Crimes Investigation. I happen to be the only EFCC officer that has headed three different zones.
“By the end of my tenure, I will leave the EFCC a better place. The EFCC is apparently the only cosmopolitan Agency in Nigeria, looking at the composition of the board of the commission.
“To our strategic partners around the world, I intend to work with them closely by sharing information in order to attain our mutual and independent objective.
“We need to repatriate all our stolen assets for the benefit and betterment of all Nigerians.
“I am going to give the young people a very good representation in the governance of this country so that more young people will be given more responsibility in this country.
“It is a dream of every patriotic Nigerian to see Nigeria growing to a greater height and I hope and pray that if confirmed, I will live to contribute my quota in seeing that this country is taken to a greater height,” Bawa told the Senate.
TNG reports Bawa was grilled by 19 Senators with 14 others yet to speak before Senate President Ahmad Lawan asked the Senate if the new EFCC chair should take a bow and leave.
The Senators chorused yes, and Bawa took a bow and left the floor of the Senate. The Senate then reverted to plenary and confirmed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.
Following the confirmation, Bawa becomes the youngest person to ever hold the office of the EFCC chair at the age of 40.