The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has condemned the rushed promotion of the newly appointed acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, before his screening at the Senate.
President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Bawa on February 16, 2021 following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu.
He urged the Senate to confirm his nomination in a letter sent to the Senate President.
However, days before his screening, the EFCC promoted Bawa, who was formerly on Grade Level 13 to the rank of Chief Detective Superintendent alongside some other officers.
Reacting to the development, the Executive Director of CACOL, Debo Adeniran described Bawa’s promotion as a second-thought, adding that the newly appointed EFCC chairman still has to answer the allegations of corruption levelled against him.
He said, “We see this hurried promotion as an afterthought and a case of putting the cart before the horse. Why was the promotion given barely days after the appointment? Why did it have to be the kinsman of the attorney-general? Is Bawa the most senior core EFCC official?
“In any case, Bawa still has corruption allegations hanging on his neck which must be addressed if we are serious about fighting corruption.”
According to a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the newly appointed Bawa is a 40-year-old trained investigator with experience in prosecution of fraud cases.