Meet Abdulrasheed Bawa, First Non-Police Officer To Head EFCC

For the first time in 18 years of its establishment, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will be headed by a non-police officer in the person of Abdulrasheed Bawa.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, sent Bawa’s nomination to the Senate for confirmation as substantive chairman of the EFCC.

If confirmed, Bawa will be taking over from Muhammed Umar who has been heading the EFCC in acting capacity after President Buhari suspended the anti-graft agency’s erstwhile acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, following his indictment for corruption and abuse of office by the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel.

He will also become the youngest person to head the anti-corruption agency since its establishment in 2003 if confirmed by the upper legislative chamber.

THE WHISTLER gathered that the new appointee hails from Kebbi State and is among the Course 1 operatives who graduated from the EFCC Academy in 2005.

Bawa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

A statement by the Presidency announcing his nomination by President Buhari described him as, “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,” adding that he, “has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world.”

Until his appointment, Bawa was head of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Commission. Prior to this, he was in-charge of the Port-Harcourt zonal office of the anti-graft agency.