Tinubu suspends EFCC chair Bawa over abuse of office allegations


President Tinubu has ordered the immediate suspension of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Abdurrasheed Bawa.

In a statement signed by the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, the suspension followed “weighty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.”

Mr. Bawa was directed to immediately handover to the director of operations at the commission.

Mr. Bawa was embroiled in controversies recently, with the most recent being the back-and-forth allegations between the EFCC and the immediate past governor of Zamfara State.

Mr. Bawa met with President Tinubu last week at the State House, where the new president reportedly instructed him to obtain presidential clearance before taking any major decision or action.

Mr. Bawa was appointed in February 2021 following the controversial dismissal of former chairman Ibrahim Magu, who was embroiled in a bitter power struggle with the then attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice.

More details later.

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