President Tinubu Suspends EFCC Chairman AbdulRasheed Bawa Pending Investigation

In a significant development, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken the decision to suspend AbdulRasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The suspension is a result of “weighty allegations” of abuse of office against Bawa and aims to facilitate a thorough investigation into his conduct. Bawa has been instructed to hand over the reins of the Commission to the Director of Operations while the investigation runs its course.

President Tinubu’s decision to suspend AbdulRasheed Bawa as the Chairman of the EFCC was announced through a statement issued by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey. The suspension is indefinite and has been implemented to ensure a proper examination of the allegations levied against Bawa. The President expressed the need for a thorough investigation into the Chairman’s conduct while in office, emphasizing the seriousness of the accusations.

AbdulRasheed Bawa has been directed to immediately hand over the responsibilities of his office to the Director of Operations within the Commission. The Director will assume the role of overseeing the Chairman’s office until the investigation reaches its conclusion. This transitional arrangement ensures the continuity of the Commission’s operations while allowing for a comprehensive examination of the allegations against Bawa.

The suspension of AbdulRasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the EFCC, by President Tinubu marks a significant step in addressing the allegations of abuse of office. The decision underscores the importance of a thorough investigation into the matter and highlights the commitment to upholding the integrity of the Commission. As the investigation unfolds, it remains crucial to respect the process and await the findings that will shed light on the Chairman’s conduct while in office.