EFCC chairman, Bawa vows to resign if asked to go against rule of law


The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has vowed to resign his appointment if asked to go against the rule of law.

Mr Bawa, according to a statement by the anti-graft agency, stated this on Saturday while featuring on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) special interview programme, ‘One-on-One’.

The anti-graft czar who said the rule of law and fear of God shall be his guiding principles, vowed to rid Nigeria of corruption.

He also told citizens to stop worshipping wealthy individuals whom they know nothing about their source of income.

“I will continue to do what is right,” the statement reproduced on EFCC Twitter handle quoted him as saying. “The commission under my watch will continue to abide by the rule of law. If anybody asks me to do anything contrary to my conscience or against the rule of law, I will resign my appointment.

“We are in the habit of worshipping people that have money in the society, but never bother to ask questions about their source of income. In winning the fight against corruption, we are engaging all stakeholders including religious leaders, community leaders and others.

“We are going to embark on massive public enlightenment to sensitise people on the need to shun corruption in all its forms,” he added.

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On alleged media trials by the EFCC, Mr Bawa said that there is nothing like media trial.

“It’s part of our responsibilities to let the public know about our activities and what we are doing to sanitise the country,” he said. “This is enshrined in Section 6 of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.”

He added any case filed in court is a public document that anybody can apply to court to access.