…To be screened at Senate’s plenary

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to confirm 40 years old Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

This as the Senate on Tuesday confirmed receipt of the formal request from President Buhari seeking the confirmation of appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the EFCC.

In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said that Bawa, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

Adesina further said that Bawa, who holds a B.Sc degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy, has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005.

Bawa, is presently the Head of Operations of the Commission’s Lagos office.

Meanwhile, President Buhari’s letter requesting the Senate’s confirmation of Bawa as chairman of EFCC which was addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, was read at plenary on Tuesday.

After his confirmation by the Senate, Bawa is expected to take over from Mohammed Umar Abba, who was appointed as Acting Chairman by President Buhari last year, following the suspension of the immediate past Acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, immediately after reading the President’s request, said that the screening of Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Anti-graft agency will be carried out during plenary in line with the tradition of the Upper Chamber.

Lawan said; “The screening of the Chairman-designate of the EFCC will be done in plenary, in keeping with our tradition here”.

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