By Taiwo Okanlawon
Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have taken fresh official oaths, pledging among others, to perform their duties diligently and honestly.
The fresh oaths are part of ongoing reform efforts to improve the efficient delivery of the agency’s mandate.
The Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa led other categories of staff to take the oath in compliance with the Official Secrets Act and the newly adopted Document Classification Policy of the Commission.
Bawa replaced the suspended former acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu who is undergoing trial on alleged diversion of recovered government’s assets since July 2020.
Mr Bawa was deployed to head the commission’s operations zonal office in Lagos in August 2020 and remains in the position till date.
Prior to that time, he had headed the Capacity Development Division, EFCC Academy, Abuja from December 2019 to August 2020.
He was also the zonal head, Port Harcourt Zonal Office overseeing Rivers, Bayelsa and Abia states operations from January 2019 to December 2019.
He had also headed the commission’s Ibadan Zonal Office covering Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Kwara states from June 2018 to January,2019.
He headed the Counter-Terrorism and General Investigation/Pension Unit, of the Lagos Zonal Office from March to 2017 to May 2018.
He headed the Lagos zonal office, which without doubt, is the biggest operations zonal office of the EFCC with 604 officers working under him.
He has successfully investigated and testified in prosecution of many cases leading to convictions and recovery of looted monetary and assets across the world.
As the head of the EFCC’s investigations of Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke from 2015 till date, his team has recovered millions of dollars worth of property in Nigeria, U.K., U.S.A, and U.A.E including 92 of such assets in Nigeria.
He also supervised the investigations of Atlantic Energy Group-from 2014 to 2015 leading to the recovery of assets in Nigeria, UK, USA, Switzerland, UAE and Canada.