Abdulrasheed Bawa was on Wednesday, February 24, confirmed as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Before his confirmation by the Red Chamber, Bawa, 40, was asked some questions by the legislators.
Legit.ng highlights the major points the new EFCC chief made while answering the senators’ questions.
1. Collaboration with global agencies
Bawa said the EFCC under his watch will with “strategic partners” around the world by sharing information in order to attain mutual and independent objectives.
2. Repatriation of stolen asset
The new EFCC boss also said all stolen assets will be repatriated “for the benefit and betterment of all Nigerians.”
3. Good ambassador for Nigerian youths
The 40-year-old who is the youngest person to head the EFCC promised to give Nigerian youths a very good representation in the governance of the country so that more young people will be given more responsibility.
He added that he will work hard and contribute his quota in ensuring Nigeria is taken to a greater height.
4. On media trial
Addressing the question on media trial by the FCC, Bawa explained that the anti-graft agency has a responsibility to enlighten Nigerians about its activities.
He added that matters that are in court are already in the public domain and the press has the right to demand for those records and print them.
Bawa concluded that it is not within the control of the EFCC to determine which matter that is in court can be published or not.
5. On alleged arrest by his predecessor, Ibrahim Magu
Bawa said he has a very cordial relationship with Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the EFCC.
He said Magu never arrested nor detained by him, adding that his former boss even congratulated him on his appointment as the new EFCC chair.
6. Plans to digitalize asset recoveries
On the alleged corruption regarding the sales of recovered assets, Bawa disclosed plans to digitalise the process of assets recoveries for transparency and accountability.
The new EFCC boss also, going forward, asset disposal will be carried out on a case by case basis.
That is, as the agency concludes a case in court and sequel to a court’s judgement, it will go on discharging that asset immediately.
7. Proper funding
Bawa also noted that proper funding will aide the agency’s work. According to him, proper funding can change the face of law enforcement in Nigeria.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Bawa denied selling seized property in the custody of the EFCC.
The new EFCC boss said the said property in the agency’s Port Harcourt zonal office was properly disposed of.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_