EFCC Boss, Bawa unveils plans to fight against corruption

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EFCC Boss, Bawa unveils plans to fight against corruption

EFCC Boss, Bawa unveils plans to fight against corruption

The Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa has pledged to steer the organisation towards proactive and intelligence-led investigation.

Bawa said in Abuja when he officially assumed duties at the Commission’s  headquarters Friday, that there would be  a paradigm shift  in the agency’s approach to anti-graft war,

Bawa said, the EFCC under his watch would create a full-fledged directorate of intelligence that would spearhead intelligence gathering, which would also ensure proactive response in the fight against corruption.

The new EFCC boss further revealed plans to digitalise the Commission’s processes and create a new full-pledged directorate of intelligence to enable it gather intelligence and be proactive in fighting against economic and financial crimes.

He also assured stakeholders of the commission’s continued partnership.

“For our strategic partners across the shores of this country, we will continue to work together with you. We will continue to share intelligence, to see that the stolen wealth of this country is returned for the betterment of us all.

“But all of these, we will be doing it the way the EFCC is known to be doing its things.

“The provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, extant laws of the country have always been and will always be our guide,” he said.

The chairman also pledged to prioritise staff welfare, stressing he was going to work on it, and also seek necessary support from the government.

“We know the problems and God willing, we are going to solve these problems,” he assured.

Earlier, the out-going Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr Mohammed Umar, said under his watch, the Commission prosecuted 804 cases and obtained a total of 583 convictions.

He added that substantial recovery running into billions of Naira was made, while various assets were equally forfeited through interim or final Order of Court.

He congratulated Bawa for a well-deserved appointment and wished him well in his new assignment.

“I am particularly delighted to be handing over the affairs of the Commission to Bawa.

“He is an officer with whom I have enjoyed close working relationship and who contributed immensely to our collective efforts in the war against Economic and Financial crimes. I have no doubt that he will do well, and I enjoin all staff to accord him the same support that I have received over the last seven months, “ he said.

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