President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Mr. Abdurasheed Bawa awaiting Senate confirmation as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has received commendation.
The commendation was made in separate releases by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), and the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO).
IPMAN president, Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo said the petroleum sector is also at the receiving end of corruption that is bedeviling the development of Nigeria.
“Nevertheless, the coming of this administration has put some helping hand in fighting corruption in the sector, and leading the fight is President Buhari’s nominee for confirmation to the seat of substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdurrasheed Bawa,” he said.
The association said it is its firm belief that his nomination is apt, going by his performances, as Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent (DCDS).
“Besides his displayed integrity and sense of patriotism, his age and above all 17 years working with the EFCC as a detective, has earned him vast investigative experience.
“We are satisfied with his nomination, more so that he heads the investigations of Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, that recovered millions of dollars property in Nigeria, U.K., U.S.A, and U.A.E, including 92 of such assets in Nigeria.
“It is also on record that he supervised the investigation of Atlantic Energy Group-from 2014 to 2015, leading to the recovery of assets in Nigeria, UK, USA, Switzerland, UAE and Canada.
“He also headed the investigations of Crude Oil Swaps and OPA case from 2014 to2015, also leading to recovery of assets.
“It is of utmost importance to highlight the fact that Mr. Bawa was involved in the Petroleum Subsidy Fraud Investigations from 2012 to 2015 during which fraud of about N70 billion was identified, funds recovered and many companies were prosecuted,” the association said.
It commended Mr. President’s wisdom on the nomination, while also urging the Senate to speedily confirm Mr Bawa as substantive chairman of the EFCC.
Similarly, the national coordinator of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, said organisation is glad with the nomination of a young man of integrity and experience.
“We are glad that Mr Bawa was carefully and creditably chosen by President Buhari, to serve as substantive chairman of the EFCC, in recognition of his unwavering commitment to his duties of investigation and prosecution of myriads of alleged financial crimes amongst top politicians and businessmen,” it said.