President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday morning, announced Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Bawa, 40, will be formally succeeding Ibrahim Magu, the suspended chairman of the Commission.
Observers, however, say Bawa’s appointment would be a huge loss to the Nigeria Police Force, which had hitherto produced the head of the EFCC since its inception. That said, Mr. Bawa would be the first Cadet product of the EFCC having been enlisted into the Commission’s cadet programme as a young officer.
Here are quick facts to know about the new EFCC boss:
…Abdulrasheed Bawa is a trained Economic and Financial Crimes investigator with vast experience in investigation and being part of prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud, Official Corruption, Bank Fraud, Money Laundering and other Economic and Financial Crimes related offences.
Bawa is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and was also trained by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FINCEN), The World Bank, The United Nations Office of Drug and Crimes, The Nigeria Police Force, and then Nigeria’s State Security Services (SSS).
He has successfully investigated and testified in prosecution of several cases leading to convictions and recovery of billions of Naira and millions of US Dollars in cash and properties across the world.
He holds a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy: Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto(2012).
Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (Second Class Honours, Upper Division): Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto (2001).
He is a recipient of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Merit Award – 2020.
He is from Jega, Kebbi State.
He is married.
He loves watching Football, Tennis, Reading, Current Affairs and International Politics.