Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday slumped while presenting his brief address and was rushed out of the banquet hall at the presidential villa.
Bawa was offering his goodwill message at the National Identity Day celebration when he suddenly stopped speaking and asked to be excused.
“Please, excuse me, I can’t continue,” he said then walked off the stage before slumping on his chair and was eventually taken out.
Reports says Bawa had earlier mentioned that the EFCC was grieving the loss of a colleague.
He broke down while talking about a man the commission arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, with 116 SIM cards.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, and other senior officials at the event accompanied the EFCC boss as he was taken out of the hall.
The Master of Ceremonies later announced that Bawa’s condition was stable.
“I am happy to announce to you that the EFCC Chairman is now stable,” he said.
The minister, during his speech, also said that Bawa was stable but should be put in prayers.
But, in a swift reaction, the EFCC in a statement on its facebook page, said the Bawa is “Hale and Hearty.”
The statement said the anti-graft agency boss has recieved medical attention and is due back at his desk.