Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has cleared the air on the alleged involvement of its new Chairman, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, in corruption.
The EFCC debunked rumours of corruption records against its henchman.
The spokesman of the Commission, Mr Wilson Uwajaren stated that, Bawa has never been arrested or detained for selling illegal assets.
A report said that, Bawa was arrested by the former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu over illegal sales of some forfeited trucks in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
According to the report, the illegal sales were exposed by the suspended Secretary of the Commission, Olukoyede, who hinted Magu, which led to Bawa’s detention and eventual redeployment to the EFCC Academy in Abuja.
However, the EFCC spokesman said the forfeited trucks were disposed in Port Harcourt before Bawa’s tenure as Zonal Head.
A statement by Uwajaren said: “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.”
Mr Uwajaren urged the general public to disregard such allegations because they are not true.