Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has claimed that he frequently receives death threats.
This was said by the head of the anti-corruption agency in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.
When asked about President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent assertion that “corruption is fighting back,” Bawa stated he was in New York, USA, last week when he received a threat call.
“Last week I was in New York when a senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.
“The young man said ‘I am going to kill him (Bawa), I am going to kill him’.
“I get death threats. So it is real. Corruption can fight back,” he said.
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He noted there were many loopholes in the civil service, particularly in contract processing, citing “emergency contracts” as an example.
Bawa said: “A particular agency is notorious for that. They have turned all their contracts to emergency contracts.”
However, he said, EFCC has strategies in place to check corruptions, one of which is “corruption risk assessments of MDAs”.
His words: “I have written to the Minister and would soon commence the process of corruption risk assessments of all the parastatals and agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to look at their vulnerability to fraud and advise them accordingly.”
When asked if the scale of the country’s corruption overwhelms him, Bawa, the EFCC boss, replied, “Yes and no.”