The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it never detained or arrested Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman-designate of the commission, over corruption allegations.
Responding to the allegations, the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘Abdulrasheed Bawa has no corruption record – EFCC.’, said Bawa was never arrested or detained over the sale of any assets.
He added that Bawa’s responsibilities as zonal head of EFCC Port Harcourt office doesn’t include the sale of seized or recovered assets.
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“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, in which remit such matters reside,” the statement said in part.
added that “It is, therefore, illogical for him to have been indicted over an auction that was not superintended by him.”
The anti-graft agency explained further that the disposal of the forfeited trucks in the Port Harcourt Zonal Office was done through public auction and was carried out after Bawa left the position as the zonal head.
“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,” the statement noted.