The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has denied allegations that its Chairman-designate Abdulrasheed Bawa was arrested and detained by the Agency, under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over the illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.
The agency in a statement published on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday, faulted the report credited to Peoples Gazette; an online medium and stated that Bawa was never arrested or detained over the sale of any assets.
It explained that “as Zonal Head of the Port Harcourt Office of the Commission in 2019, Bawa’s responsibilities did not include the sale of assets, as the Commission has a full-fledged Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which such matters reside”.
The statement further revealed that the “auction of trucks at the Port Harcourt Office was among the issues examined by the Justice Ayo Salami Panel, leading to the suspension of some officers of the Commission”.
The Commission enjoined the public to disregard the false publication, which they allege was sponsored by mischief makers, to malign the integrity of Abdulrasheed Bawa.
…alleging that Mr. Adulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman-designate of the Commission, was arrested and detained by the Agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to proxies in Port Harcourt.— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) February 17, 2021
The Commission wishes to state categorically that, Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over sale of any assets.— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) February 17, 2021
For the avoidance of doubt, disposal of finally forfeited trucks in the Port Harcourt Zonal Office through public auction, was conducted after the exit of Bawa as Zonal Head. It is therefore illogical for him to have been indicted over an auction that was not superintended by him— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) February 17, 2021