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Bawa

Abdulrasheed Bawa is the current boss of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and here are some things you probably never knew about the man.

Below are 10 things to note about the anti-graft czar.

  • He was born in Jega, Kebbi State, 40 years ago. This makes him the first person to be appointed to the EFCC job from the north-west.
  • Bawa is the first career operative to head the EFCC. His appointment puts to rest agitation by “core EFCC staff” to have one of their own to head the commission.
  • Bawa served under all EFCC past chairpersons, starting with Nuhu Ribadu, who recruited the first set of civilians into EFCC (including Bawa) in 2005.
  • The operative started work with EFCC from its Lagos office, after his recruitment in 2005. He went on to work at the headquarters in Abuja, and for a year in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
  • He was educated at the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2001 and a master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2012.
  • He is a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent, a position he was promoted to in 2016.
  • Bawa has led a number of key corruption and financial crimes investigations including the infamous case of former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the case of former Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, and that of the Controversial crude oil swap. He was also involved in the investigation of petroleum subsidy fraud (2012-2015).
  • Bawa has headed EFCC zonal offices in Ibadan and Port Harcourt between June 2018 and December 2019.
  • From Port Harcourt, Bawa was posted to Abuja as head of Capacity Development Division of the EFCC Academy, Karu.
  • Bawa was trained by the FBI, KPMG, and many other institutions in the UK, United States, and Nigeria.
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