Abdulrasheed Bawa, the freshly confirmed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says he has never sold a single asset recovered by the commission.
Bawa made this statement during his screening at the senate on Wednesday, stressing that as head of the Port Harcourt zonal office, he did not have the power to sell any asset recovered under his watch.
Recall that there were allegations of assets diversion levelled against him after he was appointed by President Buhari last week but according to him, the power to dispose of any asset lies with the secretary of the commission.
“I never sold a single truck at the Port Harcourt office; the head office handled that at the time,” the nominee told the senate.
“When I took over the Port Harcourt office, they had 34 convictions but when I got there, we recorded 216 convictions.”
“Anybody that is familiar with the processes of the EFCC knows that the chairman doesn’t have the power to sell an asset but the secretary of the agency.”
Meanwhile, The Senate later confirmed Bawa’s as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The upper legislative chamber confirmed Bawa after screening him for over two hours on Tuesday.
Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Buhari as EFCC chairman and asked the upper legislative chamber to confirm him.
Bawa, who is 40 years old, is one of the pioneer EFCC cadet officers. Before his appointment, he was the Lagos zonal head of the anti-graft agency.
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