EFCC Reveals Intent To Go After Corrupt Public Officials From May 29

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has announced May 29 as the day when the organization will start apprehending corrupt public officials.

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the commission’s chairman disclosed this in an interview with Daily Trust, which was published today.

Bawa said: “Currently, we’re investigating two ministries where double payments were made. In one of the ministries, the double payments, cumulatively, were about 20 contracts of over N4bn.

“These were contracts that were done way back in 2018, and then some group of people, so bold, came up with the same narration.

“They moved the documents from the file, forged them, and then of course in conspiracy of some civil servants, raised vouchers and pay. How can that happen if we have digitalised procurement processes?”

He also reacted to calls for his sacking by some civil society organisations.

Bawa added: “It is on record that I am the first sitting EFCC chairman to go to court and testify, not once, not twice or three times. We now have some groups of people that were paid, we know the people that are paying them, coming up with all sorts of gang-ups.

“We are following due process and the rule of law. The court had made a pronouncement, we have appealed that, and there is a stay of execution, what do you expect? We move on!

“And God willing, come May and June, we are going to make some huge arrests and commence huge prosecutions of people.

“And for those people that are not leaving in May, whenever they are leaving, we will be waiting for them to ensure that justice is done,” he said.

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