The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked reports which claimed its newly-appointed chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has a record of corruption.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, in a statement insisted Bawa was never arrested or detained for allegedly selling assets.
A report had claimed that Bawa was arrested by former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over the illegal sales of some forfeited trucks in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
However, Uwajaren explained the disposal of forfeited trucks through public auction, was conducted after Bawa’s as Zonal Head.
The statement read: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been drawn to a report by an online publication, Peoples Gazette, 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.
“The Commission wishes to state categorically that, Mr Bawa was never arrested or detained over sale of any assets. 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-fledge Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management, which remit such matters reside.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the 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.
“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 therefore enjoins the public to disregard the false publication which is believed to be sponsored by mischief makers to impugn the integrity of the EFCC Chairman-designate.”