The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it is monitoring the source of the funds used in purchasing political party forms. EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said this on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Friday, 6 May, 2022. Ruling All Progressives Congress had pegged its presidential forms at N100m while the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party sold its form for N41m. As at last count, 20 people have obtained the APC forms while at least 17 people purchased the forms of the PDP. Bawa said the EFCC was working with the Independent National Electoral Commission to establish the source of these funds. He noted that N100m was a lot of money as most people would not see it in their lifetime. According to him,”Well, of course, it is quite some money. It could take a lifetime for you to save N40m or N100m but as you know, when it comes to the issue of monitoring of election funds and candidates’ funds, it is mainly the work of INEC but we are working hand-in-hand with INEC and other related agencies to ensure that we follow the money and know the source, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate. That is our concern.” He also said the commission was working to ensure that corrupt persons do not attain positions of leadership in the country. The EFCC boss said the anti-graft agency was already working behind the scenes to expose these unscrupulous elements. “Above all, we are concerned about good governance, transparency and accountability. We are also concerned about ensuring that corrupt elements are not given leadership positions in this country and that is why we are working behind the scenes to ensure that at least we make our position known on certain actors within the political space in this country,” he added.
The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has addressed staff of the Commission at the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja, with an appeal to all personnel to be disciplined and dedicated to their duties. “All Staff are important in this fight against corruption from the top to the least. So, I invite everyone to bring ideas and best practices that will help to organize and recalibrate the Commission in order to make it a better place. “I am a part of you and I know the challenges, “he said. Bawa promised to prioritize staff welfare and systems improvement through application of digital technology and intelligence during his tenure. The EFCC boss expressed a desire to operate an open door policy. To this end, he made his personal phone number available to all staff, stating that he will be receptive to ideas that will take the Commission to new heights. He was also at the Abuja Zonal Office and the EFCC Academy where similar meeting took place.
It is no longer news that Abdulrasheed Bawa is on his way to becoming the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC as nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari, pending the Senate’s approval. This relatively unknown young man appears to be the perfect match for the country’s fight against corruption, both in the low and high places, going by his antecedents. This was contained in a letter by President Buhari on Tuesday, February 16th to the Upper Chamber of the House of Assembly, as a matter of constitutional urgency, to confirm Bawa in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part 1, CAP E 1 of the EFCC Act 2004. A lot of controversies have surrounded the office of the anti-graft agency over various tenures, from preferential treatment to not following due process, unfair judgment in its investigations, cherry-picking who to take to the slaughter, and the likes. That seems to be the very ‘vices’ Bawa has come to nip in the bud. For the first time in history, after so much drama surrounding the sack of the immediate past chairman, Ibrahim Magu, an officer who rose through the cadet of the agency is going to be leading the war against corruption, this is vital as he already knows and understands the terrains, which is going to be key in its leadership operating style going forward. So, age and youthfulness are not just the things that stand Bawa out in this highly revered position. Bawa who rose from the pioneer cadet of the Commission is a maven when it comes to financial crimes investigations, having gone through several pieces of training in the agency institution in addition to his Degrees in Economics, Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy while currently pursuing another degree in Law. Those who know him well tell tales of his bravery, dedication, fairness, and